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want to eat but purge after ( help soon please) - January 10th 2016, 11:07 PM

I am starting recovery but my sister was being her normal stuff made my grandma say the F word three times in a sentence and she never says it unless she is fed up and pissed. I went for a walk to try and calm myself but it didn't work. Now I have it in my brain that i will eat dinner but i will purge after. I just don't know how to deal.

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Re: want to eat but purge after ( help soon please) - January 11th 2016, 01:07 AM

Hi Frankie!

Well I know dealing with siblings can be annoying! If she is still bothering and won't stop maybe you can put headphones in and listen to music or watch some funny videos to like block her out in the moment? Also maybe you should eat dinner, and try to not purge? I know it is easier said than done. Maybe prepare your own dinner that you are more comfortable eating and can make purging less of an urge? That's what I usually do about family dinners.

Also maybe you can call/talk to a friend to help distract you? Or other things you enjoy that could be distracting (color, singing, etc)

But I hope everything goes alright and I helped you a little bit. Feel free to message me if you want!
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Re: want to eat but purge after ( help soon please) - January 11th 2016, 10:04 PM


I'm sorry you're having a hard time but glad you've come to us for some help. Be proud of yourself for that.

I think you need to question whether purging is going to help you or not. Especially in the long run because it may feels it helps in the short term but in the long run, what positive affects does it have for you? Is it actually going to help you or is this an impulsive act? You've been given a good idea about listening to music if things are still tough at home so if things are tough at home then maybe try that too. Think about the positives and the negatives of what will come out of you purging? Even write it all down if it helps.

I know this is hard. It this is part of recovery. But you can get through this. You're such a strong person and I wish I could make things better for you but you will get there. Just stay strong and keep fighting okay? We're here for you to help you through this.

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Re: want to eat but purge after ( help soon please) - January 11th 2016, 11:39 PM

By not purging. It's really simple.
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Re: want to eat but purge after ( help soon please) - January 12th 2016, 01:44 PM

Originally Posted by ladygodoftitsandwine View Post
By not purging. It's really simple.
I wish it was that simple! It sounds really easy but sometimes people with eating disorders have intense urges and as a result struggle to do what others could easily avoid.

Frankie: It sounds like this was a difficult situation for you. Good job on trying to calm yourself down with a walk, you're on the right path (ha...haha...pun intended )! If walking didn't calm you down, is there anything else that's worked in the past? Listening to music, a bath, venting to someone? If venting helps and you don't want to talk to anyone in real life, remember you can always post here and we'll help you out best we can! If you don't want to post, remember writing things down in a physical diary (or on the internet, a blog?) can be an outlet that can also let you look back and see in hindsight your triggers, how you could have dealt with things better and what you're doing well. I'm not sure if you're in therapy right now but if you are, this can also be a helpful tool to share with them.

The most important thing to remember though, as Jessie mentioned, this is just an urge. You can get through it, and chances are it's temporary. Over time in recovery things like urges get a lot easier to ignore, and I hope you'll stick with it and get to that point, I know it's not an easy journey!

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