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I was thinking today how bulimia impacted my life as a young person, it all started when I was in my late teens / early twenties. A time when I was feeling uncertain/insecure about who I was, a time when the realisation of being sexually abused as a child & the pain…

from being told by my Father (the man I adored!) that he didn’t want to see me again, hit me.

The shame of bulimia was immense. I hated doing this to my body - it was unbearable some days, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t stop. I remember it all started…
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with me taking over the counter meds when I was at senior school.

Writing and talking about this isn’t comfortable, but I know it’s a real problem affecting so many. So I push on in my hope that this might help one person. As I’ve matured and recovered…
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from my dark years I now understand that trauma shows up in ways you least expect, and I would never judge anyone because of how they cope. Personally I’d listen, show empathy and signpost if the person wanted, but I’d never judge. I remember a girl I knew…
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who was bulimic, started losing her front teeth because of bulimia…this was enough to make me go into therapy - it appeared that at this time I hated myself, but liked my teeth (sounds so vain/so weird)!!!

Discovering my triggers for bulimia took time, I was…
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really embarrassed to tell my therapist about being bulimic - I remember he took it all in his stride & of course now I realise I am one of many who was suffering, and through my own work as a mentor, understand the stats are high on this conversation.

Trauma and…
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the effects of, shouldn’t come with shame.

Would I have been bulimic if I wasn’t subjected to adversity from 9-16? Who knows - but what I do know is the hard work of being sexually abused as a child started when the abuse stops, not saying that being abused…
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as a child wasn’t tough, but I didn’t understand it all back then, especially as the people violating me were “my friend”(!!). When I went into therapy in my 20’s and began to understand what it all meant, what I was facing and finding ways to cope to face it all…
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I felt broken. My addictions/disorders/night terrors/ maladaptive daydreaming/ dissociation and and and was horrible!

So before you judge someone who’s suffering with disorders/addictions/mental health, then maybe take a big dose of “understanding”…
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and see if you can show empathy toward that person - you might just be the lifeline they need, through the fear and shame they might be suffering.

As a fitness addict, and a professional in this field of well-being, I am someone who looks after their body with no…
alcohol/sugar/crappy foods… I enjoy tons of exercise/ sport/ water/ mint tea 🍵

I do realise I’ve exchanged my focus and addictions - but over the years the habit was a much needed change, a way I’ve now lived for 25 years ⭐️ what I have learnt from my work in the fitness…
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and well-being industry is that the only way to be the “best you” is to really understand the importance of physical/ mental/ emotional fitness - all 3 work brilliantly together…..trust me!

#wellbeing #healthy #FitnessAddict

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