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    HealthyBody20 posted:
    I'm a 20 year old recoving bulimic, and I am obsessed with food, my weight and everything in between! I am very harsh on myself even though I am considered healthy. I am 5'7 and 140lbs to date. I want to be 130-135 again. I see an Eating Disorder specalist weekly and I am trying to stay on the track to recovery and just be happy with who I am but it is hard. I live alone, work full time as a Rental Rep, and am currently dashing myself for eating practicall 4 doughnuts last night AFTER supper and finish off the other 3 this morning. I don't know why I do this to myself... As soon as I have these binges I automatically go into a depression. This self-inflicting cycle is what I go through on a daily basis now and I am determined to stop it. I am not asking for sympathy or a guilt trip, I am just looking for advise and just an understanding third person to dicuss these problems with. I fear if this does not get dealt with it will continue to ruins none related parts of my life, such as relationships with loved ones..
    3point14 responded:
    What does your specialist say about your binges and subsequent depression? How do you two click?

    I would recommend, (I'm not a professional) about not worrying about a few vanity pounds until you've dealt more fully with your eating disorder. It doesn't sound like you have a hold on it, and you're recognizing a cycle that could ruin your relationships with the people you love.

    Once you get to a place where your weight isn't an obsession and you're free of your compulsive binging and depressions, then consider under a doctor's care losing the last few pounds. You don't need to pressure yourself with anything more than your recovery, and I wish you only the best.
    Tomato05 responded:
    You may just need more structure than some other people for the time being. Structure and firm "rules" will keep you feeling more secure and will eliminate the choice which can make you go astray.

    E.g. if you allow onlystrictly set times for eating (no skipping, otherwise you may get hungry and lose control), and only certain things - the rule could be dinner at 7pm, consisting of a protein portion and 2 veg and a salad, followed by 1/2 fruit with a spoon of yogurt or something like that. No food after that, only tea.

    Same with other meals, and snacks (certain times, knowing beforehand what you are going to eat).

    It's essential that you keep binge foods out of the house, or you will just tempt yourself. You are more unlikely to binge on eggs, tuna, veg etc. if that's all that's available.

    Exercise can also help to keep you calm and centered.
    marisasibley replied to Tomato05's response:

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