How My Bulimia Recovery Made Me A Better PersonRead about the 6 most important learning lessons bulimia recovery brought into my life to make me a better person...
How My Bulimia Recovery Made Me A Better Person
After recovering from more than 15 years of struggles with full-blown bulimia, I am now able to look back and see how my bulimia recovery made me a better person. These are also the key elements you have to learn during your own bulimia recovery in order to free yourself up from your struggles around food.
As you know, for a big part of my life, I struggled with full-blown bulimia.
I started nourishing a destructive relationship with my own body at a very early age and quickly fell in the vicious cycle of eating disorders when I was 13. As I grew older, my issues grew with me, getting more and more serious.
I spent years of my life bingeing and purging every single day, sometimes several times per day, and at age 26, I eventually hit rock bottom. This is when I was left with no other choice than taking responsibility for my own health and find solutions to get out of this dark hole.
I am now able to look back and be grateful for this extreme life experience I went through.
I am now able to see how my bulimia recovery has made me a nicer and better person and how this illness has been a true gift (it was just wrapped in a shitty paper).
I am definitely one of this kind of person who have to learn the hard way and here are the best lessons I’ve ever learned, thanks to 15 years of struggles with full-blown bulimia:
1. The importance of tuning-in
If you want to create a peaceful relationship with food, your body needs to be your best ally. And for that, you have to learn to listen to it.
Listening and deconstructing your body signals is definitely something that I would recommend to anyone wanting a better relationship with food. Starting to live with your body’s flow instead of fighting against it is a huge step in making peace with food and your own body.
2. Being more present
Living with bulimia (or any type of eating issue) is living 99% of the time in its own head. All we can focus on is all our fears about food, weight and others’ judgments.
To me, it was definitely the exact same as loosing my life by not being able to being present and enjoying it.
Today I am more present than I’ve ever been and when my monkey mind pops back, I am able to catch it quite quickly and do what I need to do to get back in the present moment such as spending more time alone, practising yoga, meditation, or spending more time in nature.
This allows me to enjoy my life and the time shared with my loved ones fully. This is totally priceless.
3. Erasing negative self-talk
Eating issues are accompanied by very strong negative self-talk. To recover, I had no choice but changing my mind set and perception. I had to change the way my brain was processing information and erase this negative self-talk once and for all.
Today, not only negative self-talk, when it happens, make me laugh myself crazy but I am also able to teach other to do the same. Probably the most empowering thing anyone can do to start living a better and happier life! Catching negative thinking patterns when they arise, discarding them and moving on with all the goodness life has to offer is definitely one of the most empowering things you can do to improve your quality of life at no cost.
4. Respecting my own body even more
Ok, I admit I had to abuse my body quite a lot before being able to respect it. But at least, I became super aware and loving of the most wonderful gift I will ever get: my own amazing body.
So often, we don’t realise that our body is the best thing we’ll ever have in life. This is our vehicle to experiencing the best time on earth and feeling awesome. Respecting it, investing in it and loving it is like investing in your own life and happiness.
5. Setting up and respecting my own healthy boundaries
This step is so important to perform at your best. I don’t think anyone can be at their best if they don’t respect their own healthy boundaries. Being able to say ‘no’ and leave enough room for what nourishes and recharges you is essential if you want to be able to deal with everyday’s life. On my side, I now know that my mission on earth is to become the best human being I can be and respecting my own healthy boundaries is a non-negotiable to reach this goal!
If you are struggling with that too, check out my 5 easy steps to set up healthy boundaries and respect them.
6. Great knowledge about health & nutrition
By trying to understand how my body worked, I’ve learned incredible skills in health and nutrition. I now have all the keys I need to be and stay healthy, whatever happens. This actually changed my life so much that it allowed me to change career and help others do the same. Definitely one of the best gifts bulimia has brought into my life.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
Have you been working on your relationship with food? If so, I am sure you’ve learned so much from it! So please share your own learning lessons in the comments below and let’s help each other to grow even more!
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