BULIMIA, PAST OR CURRENT
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Bulimia, past or current'?
It's not about foodOften with bulimia, we get caught in thinking that food is the problem; we think that if cookies, chips, and other junky "binge" foods didn't exist, we wouldn't have a problem. But, food is merely a silk-screen and recognizing that is key to healing. Food restriction may lead you to binging behaviors, but bulimia is also a means to avoid or purge ourselves of uncomfortable emotions. Developing awareness and mindfulness of your emotional state, and establishing normal eating habits are important to finding freedom from bulimia.
Find lightnessPurging may be an attempt to establish lightness and purity in the body after a heavy binge; it relieves the sense of heaviness that often follows overeating. At the core, this is a natural impulse to re-establish balance in the body. Vomiting is actually an important way to cleanse in Ayurveda, but only once or twice a year under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
In bulimia, vomiting is no longer therapeutic, but obsessive. Developing other ways to find lightness can be helpful. Sipping some fennel, coriander, and cumin tea helps creates a sense of lightness and relief in the body. Exercise such as walking and following a kapha-pacifying dietary regime can also prove helpful strategies in our search for a lighter, more balanced feeling in response to heaviness.
Learn to Appreciate your BodyOur bodies are absolutely incredible; they are our vehicle in the world and the lodge of our soul. Often times, when caught in the cycle of binging and purging cycle, we see the body and its needs as the enemies. Ayurveda helps reestablish our connection and appreciation of our bodies.
Bulimia may also be an attempt to resolve inner conflict by mental control. Binging serves to numb the body and is often accompanied by an intense feeling of self-loathing, while purging inspires a fleeting sense of relief.
Shame and guilt often accompany both sides of this highly addictive binge/purge cycle, but it is important to know that you are not alone and Ayurveda can help you break free. Yet, overcoming the psychological factors associated with bulimia may require the help of a qualified clinician or support group, and involves making peace with your emotions, your body, and food.
Eat BreakfastOne of the first steps to healing the physical trauma caused by bulimia is to eat breakfast. Bulimics tend to restrict food during the day which triggers binging at night. Then, feeling guilty for bingeing the night before, they skip breakfast the next day and the cycle continues. Eating first thing in the morning breaks the restrict/binge cycle and reassures the body that it will receive daytime nourishment and does not need to frantically binge at night. Establishing patterns of consistent, daytime feeding helps reaffirm your body's ability to trust itself and minimizes some of the biological components that fuel bingeing.
Long Term Effects
Bulimia ultimately compromises digestive function. Stomach acids may erode, literally auto-digest, the esophagus and teeth. Generally, restoring digestion may involve restoring fluids and electrolyte imbalance, and easy to digest, nourishing foods. Professional assistance may be necessary.
Disclaimer: 'Bulimia, past or current' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'BULIMIA, PAST OR CURRENT'
PRODUCT REMEDIES FOR 'BULIMIA, PAST OR CURRENT'
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'BULIMIA, PAST OR CURRENT'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS
With Bulimia, past or current, one or more of the following
and qualities may be aggravated.
If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha.
These imbalanced doshas and qualities may need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed.
Click on the quality to learn what foods and
lifestyle habits should be avoided.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Bulimia, past or current', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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ANTIEMETICHerbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
Energy Vitality Strength:
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
REBUILD-ELECTROLYTESSubstances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4BULIMIA, PAST OR CURRENT IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASE
If you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Bulimia, past or current'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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