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I actually need your help, is it "normal"? - June 10th 2010, 06:40 AM

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so I've been suffering from bulimia nervosa for 4years now. Nowadays I'm on recovery, I'm having average meals with average amounts of food, which make me feel done (and I haven't purged for more than two weeks!) but I'm still craving for food and even binging as if I were restricting myself (but I'm not dieting at all)... I don't understand it, does it always happen? or am I suffering from a Binge Eating Disorder? I told my therapist but she doesn't seem to give me any useful piece of advice... Everytime I happen to be home alone I find myself eating freaking amounts of food like I used to do when I purged, I'm so scared :S
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Re: I actually need your help, is it "normal"? - June 10th 2010, 07:55 AM

Hey Esther!

This is "normal", yes! Your body is still adjusting to all of the time you deprived it of food. So even though you are doing well in your recovery (congratulations!!! ) it is still taking some time to trust itself. It's probably thinking something like, "I know Esther is doing a great job feeding me, BUT I'm still scared that she'll start purging again...I know, I better binge just to make sure I get enough food in, in case she starts using behaviors again". Does that make sense?

So, as long as you keep eating regularly, and not using behaviors, the binge cravings will go away!

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Re: I actually need your help, is it "normal"? - June 10th 2010, 03:22 PM

Thanks for the information Jen, well it makes sense since sometimes I find myself thinking about stop eating because I get frustrated... I'll think about what you've said, I know I just have to be patient.
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Re: I actually need your help, is it "normal"? - June 10th 2010, 05:56 PM

Yes it is normal. I was only partly starving myself and this still happened to me after I recovered.
   
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