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Long history of Bulimia and PCOS- Help?
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Michelle3Kristin posted:
Hello,

My name is Michelle. I'm a mostly recovered bulimic. I was bulimic for 10 years and was ednos for sometime before that. I have not regularly engaged in eating disorder related behaviors for about 3 years now. I have been medically stable since then. However, I definitely do not eat regularly or normally... Almost as soon as I stabilized medically I found out I have PCOS. Since I have PCOS I am supposed to have a very limited diet in order to control my weight. I cant even eat normal for a normal person let alone for someone with dietary restrictions. Does anyone have an advice or experience in a similar situation? I have been trying and trying for the past 3 years to master this and I just cant seem to do it. I want to be at a healthy weight and to eat normally. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Take care God bless,

Michelle
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Michelle,

I am not an expert so I hope that others here will speak up with their thoughts.

It sounds like, while you've been 'medically stable' for three years (yay!), you still may have some issues around food and the PCOS restrictions have made those more apparent. Have you considered pursuing therapy with someone who understands bulimia to help you figure out how to deal with all this?
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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Michelle3Kristin replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
Caprice,

I have been in therapy constantly for the last four years with an eating disorder specialist. You are very correct, the PCOS restrictions have made the issues that remain with food more apparent. I thought I was completely recovered and nearly normal food wise. I have also gone to a nutritionist, not consistently but for part of the last four years. It seems I am to a point to where I am stuck and the these dietary restrictions seem so overwhelming. I have asked for a more structured meal plan but every nutritionist I see just gives me guidelines and that feels impossible to follow. I'm a college student, I live by myself and I work all the time so my hectic schedule does not make doing this any easier.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Michelle3Kristin's response:
It sounds like you're doing so much already and I'm glad you're keeping all that up. Have you expressed your need for absolute structure to a nutritionist?

I hope that others here will have some ideas for you. And keep talking here if it helps at all. It can be quiet here but you're not alone and will eventually get responses.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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Michelle3Kristin replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
I have expressed this need to more than one nutritionist and both were unwilling to do this. I did my best and set up a balanced (as balanced as I could make it) meal plan for the week. I'm hoping to make an appointment with the nutritionist soon and hopefully she can give me some guidance.. Thank you for your advice.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Michelle3Kristin's response:
Let us know how it goes. And creating your own plan you can stick to and running it past a nutritionist sounds like a constructive thing to do.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh


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