1.) I stopped bingeing and purging (in the form of vomiting). I thought I would feel great and healthy, but I feel less energetic, fuzzy, and bloated. Will I feel better over time, or is this the new normal I should expect?
2.) I feel in control and successful when I restrict, and I feel guilty and fat when I try to eat adequately, which usually leads me to just giving up and bingeing.
3.) Will there be a point when I can consider myself healed, or do I need to constantly work on recovery? What are my chances of relapsing?
4.) When I binge, I feel like I might be subconsciously self-sabotaging my recovery. Is it possible that I’m continuing to binge because I think I don’t deserve recovery?
5.) Can I do a gentle diet for health reasons? For example, a weight loss eating plan crafted by a nutritionist to make sure I’m not hungry.
6.) When I want a dessert or sweets or to snack when I’m not hungry, I don’t know if it’s me or my lower brain that wants it. How can I tell which cravings to follow and which ones not to follow?
7.) How do I deal with others who are giving me bad advice, eating in front of me in ways that are not helpful, or constantly offering me food?
8.) During the urge to binge, I’m telling myself “No, I don’t want to binge, “ or I’m telling myself “This is just an urge from my lower brain,” or “A binge is not an option,” or “The urge has no power to make me act.” Is it wrong to do this? When I tell myself things like this, does it mean I’m fighting the urge?
9.) I’m having trouble finding things to do instead of binge. What are some ideas of alternative activities?
10.) I know that dieting can lead to the initial development of binge eating, but can problematic cravings also lead to the development of bingeing?
11.) What if I need to gain weight after stopping the habit?