Bulimia is a dangerous disease that has long been plaguing developed countries and the Latin American community for several years. Statistics show an increase in the last 5 years, and the proliferation of information on social networks and on television does not help much. It's important to put attention on anyone can be a victim of this disease, which starts in the mental, but ends up physically affecting the person to unsuspected limits.
- 1 Symptoms of bulimia
- 2 Bulimia triggers
- 3 Recommendations
The first and most important thing is to know what are the symptoms that can determine whether or not you have bulimia; The intervention of a professional is necessary, both for the initial diagnosis and for the subsequent treatment, which includes a relationship between psychological and physical therapy.
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The main symptoms range from binge eating (excess food intake in short times), lack of control over those desire to overeat, use excessive methods to not gain weight (and be able to continue eating too much) such as vomiting after each meal or at least once or twice a week, use laxatives or diuretics so as not to gain weight, exercise excessively or always fast. Another important symptom and that can be decisive to know if you suffer or not bulimia has to do with the image that you project in the mirror; people with this mental disorder have a disproportionate image of themselves and away from social reality.
After a professional diagnosis that dictates that you suffer from bulimia, you must convince yourself that you want help and that you are suffering from a disease that needs professional help. When you are in tune with your family where you need help, all treatments are easier to execute and the results are given in less time than a treatment usually takes.
You have to identify what are the factors that trigger your crises, for this, it is important to keep in mind:
- If when you look in the mirror you experience negative thoughts or emotions.
- If having a family or friend fight, you feel like doing some kind of bulimia related activity
- If negative moods are generated faster and last longer than normal: anxiety, sadness, melancholy, frustration ... And in those states you feel like satiating food to terrible limits and then purging or vomiting.
The intuitive feeding It should help you improve your relationship with food and enjoy it properly. This type of therapy helps the mind to generate a certain type of deep bond with food, you can develop an interoceptive awareness, that is, you can understand and feel what happens inside your body according to what you eat. This feeling will give an adequate perception of what your body needs. and, above all, what is the right amount so that your body does not become saturated. Having this awareness of your body, it will be easier to manage yourself or yourself, helping the body to obtain its own memory of what is really necessary, decreasing the feeling of loss of control. And the most important thing is that through intuitive eating, you will improve your physical and mental health, decrease internal problems and improve your self-esteem.
It is recommended to write a diary with events or situations that feel in moments of crisis related to bulimia. This will help raise awareness about what you eat and how you eat. In addition, it will help you as a sentimental expression of your internal sensations.
Another strategy is to buy only what is necessary in the market. It is not necessary to buy food in excess, especially to avoid temptation in a crisis. Having only the necessary at home it is important to carry out periodic planning of the food to be consumed, it should be clear about the quantities and adhere to the scheduled calendar, that makes discipline to improve important. The idea of the diet is handle three to four meals a day, added to two or three light snacks. This strategy helps to accelerate the metabolism with what can replace body fat with muscle mass, also helps reduce anxiety; Of course, you should always respect the routine in terms of quantities.
Of course you have to ask for professional help, there are a variety of therapies that will help overcome the disorder in the short term. Cognitive type therapies - behavioral and intrapersonal they can strengthen the new relationship with food; Now, therapy should be considered an alliance, you must find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and with whom you can open up and be sincere. This alliance must be the bastion to overcome your problems.