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Stop binging and start building a healthy relationship with your food

28 June 2019

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Welcome to the Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder self-help series. {blog 1 of 5}

While everyone’s relationship with food and diet is unique, there are some common things people who suffer with an eating disorder experience. Whether you have a diagnosis for Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia, or feel you might be experiencing some form of disordered eating, this empowering blog series can help in your journey to recovery and feeling better

Why a self-help series?

We wanted to give people who have a diagnosed eating disorder, or who might be struggling with their relationship with food, a useful, self-guided resource to help in their recovery – or to even make the decision to get help – now or in the future.

You can work through this self-help series solo, but we encourage you to seek out other forms of support and treatment in conjunction with using this self-guided resource. If you contact us via our Helpline, one of our caring counsellors can work through the series with you. 

What does this self-help series cover?

We’ve found some common features across everyone who experience Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. To help shed light on some of these similarities, our blog series will cover:

  • What is binge eating?
  • How to better understand your relationship with food
  • Your feelings about the food you eat and don’t eat
  • Causes of binge eating
  • Things to do that support recovery
  • Understating how feeling hesitant and unsure plays a role in where you are in your recovery journey
  • Tactics in recovery: self-monitoring, regular eating, delay and urge surfing
  • How to be kinder to yourself

You’ll also find short activities and reflections in our downloadable worksheets. And as always, you can get extra help from our specialist counsellors via our Helpline. They can mentor you as you work through the blog posts, answer any questions you might have, and connect you with support services.

Your recovery journey is unique 

The recovery journey is different for everyone. Every path is different and there no right or wrong way to navigate the path.

Much like climbing a mountain, your recovery might be rocky, steep and difficult in some sections.

With several routes on each mountain you might not even know where to start, but like any climber knows, having a good support team can help make the journey easier. You might need help from a Sherpa, a medic, or a geographer with specialist gear and state of the art technology. Others will need a pair of sturdy shoes, a map and be able to navigate the climb solo. Or, as many climbers find, sometimes you’ll need to climb a very steep section of your journey with a whole team behind you, and other sections will be flatter and you’ll need less help.

Sometimes the journey can feel repetitive and frustrating too, like you’re going around the mountain seeing the same sights. This is normal and ok. Every time you go around – even if it feels like the long way – you’re learning and you’re moving forward. It’s important to not give up. Yes, rest and take in the view and appreciate how far you’ve come, then keep going. And if you’re struggling, at any time, know you can reach out and get extra support on your path. 

Help is on hand, whenever you need it

Regardless of what your specific journey looks or feels like, information and support is key. To help we have many different types of information and support services you can access. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Our helpline

You can get free information, referrals and brief counselling through the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline. We’re open from 8am – midnight AEST, seven days a week, and you can chat via phone, webchat or email. 

Health professionals

Our Helpline can give you with referrals to health professionals who understand eating disorders. Some health professionals we can recommend include:

  • GPs: who can provide medical checks and information.
  • Counsellors, Therapists and Psychologists: who can support you with therapy.
  • Psychiatrists: who can prescribe medications.
  • Dietitians: who can offer nutrition advice.

Useful websites:

National Eating Disorders Collaboration

Butterfly Foundation

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) 

Apps:

Here’s some handy apps to help you breathe and connect with yourself.

Recommended books:

Thanks to growing community awareness and an openness to discuss Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, there are many books that can help you during your recovery. Some we recommend include:

Are you ready to get started?

Download your first worksheet and get started now.  

A final thought:

If you think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your doctor, as there are many physical complications that can occur from having an eating disorder. Get in touch with our team and we can connect you with a professional who has experience in eating disorders.  

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Next blog in this series

Why people binge and how they can stop {blog 2 of 5}

Do you want to learn more?

The caring team at the Butterfly Foundation are here to help answer questions. Call our friendly National Helpline team on 1800 33 4673, or connect with via webchat or email.

If you need urgent assistance or support, please ring Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

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