Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by episodes of binge eating followed by attempts to avoid gaining weight through purging, laxatives, diuretics, fasting or excessive exercising. The vicious cycle of Bulimia can cause extreme exhaustion, distress on the body and unbalanced hormones levels.
The Bulimia Cycle
Dieting can often lead to the destructive, uncontrollable binge and purge cycle. The denial of certain foods may lead the mind to become preoccupied with food and the body responds with powerful cravings as a way of signalling the requirement of nutrition and nourishment. As the cravings increase so does the tension, hunger and feelings of deprivation, all leading to a weakening of the body and mind.
Often the cravings are so powerful that “will power” cannot overcome them and once the binging has begun. Once the diet is broken, there is a thought process whereby eating a “forbidden food” is regarded as a failure. Feelings of disappointment lead to the “all or a nothing” thinking often leading to an uncontrollable excessive binge episode.
Some of the damaging effects of Bulimia include:
- Weight Gain
- Tooth decay
- mouth ulcers
- Reduced bone density
- Loss of menstruation
- Broken blood vessels in the eyes
- Other effects due to electrolyte imbalances and low potassium levels)
- Cloudy thinking
- Kidney deterioration
Once you have jumped on the binge purge cycle it is very difficult to overcome it without help, guidance and support.
The reasons and causes for bulimia are individual. Bulimia is a complex emotional issue that requires support from a professional therapist to help you overcome the behaviour pattern. Often there are feelings of shame, guilt and isolation related to the uncontrollable binging and purging.
Diets lead to tension
When there is a strong focus on losing weight, the added tension created in the body depletes the happy hormones (dopamine), leading to feelings of being alone, isolated, cold and unloved.
Can you blame yourself for binging on comfort food when you feel all these complex and challenging emotions???
Diets lead to a weakened metabolism
Regular dieting disturbs the self regulatory process and affects the metabolism. It fools the body into thinking it is responding to starvation conditions and lowers the rate at which food is processed.
If you have been constantly dieting and start to eat regularly, you may experience feelings of “not being full” because the body’s own self regulating system has been damaged.
In addition to this the body’s thermostat which controls the metabolism of food is sluggish and cannot metabolise food at the rate is should. With a sluggish system, most people then reach out for another diet solution and continue the self-defeating process and add further damage to the metabolism.
Diets are not the solution but are part of the problem to being overweight
Selling diets is super profitable, and millions are spent each year advertising diets to create insecurities and chaotic behaviour. The diet food market is big. Not long after starting one diet, another one begins, creating a cycle and pattern that becomes so entrenched making it extremely difficult to break out of.
Dieting can be highly contagious. Have you ever noticed a social group and the changes that begin to happen when one person starts a diet. Before long almost every person in the group will be on a diet and within a short time, they will compare contrast and compete with diet stories and articles.
The main issue here is that binge eating is not something you can just stop. It is not controllable by will power.
The more you try to control it the worse it gets.
It takes a lot of courage and strength to accept and reach out for someone to support you through your recovery process.
How Insight Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy can Help you
Insight Psychothearpy can support you thorugh the process of recovery. The reasons why you have developed the bulimia behaviour is personal and individual, so the way of dealing with it will also be individual and personal.
Our Philosphy is to provide a therapeutic, nurturing and supportive environment
At Insight Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy we take a holistic approach towards treating bulimia. In particular we address individual biological, psychological and social influences that have prevented you succeeding in the past. Vanessa has in depth experience in a range of therapies to help you. Some of these include:
- Mind Body Therapy
- Insight Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness and Acceptance Therapy
- Breathing Techniques
- Relaxation techniques
Take the necessary steps towards your path to freedom