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Thoughts about Bulemia

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

As the new year gets into full swing, some of us are thinking again about the size and shape of our bodies. And for women, it is a common topic of concern. Unfortunately, this is often tied into emotions, and one’s self-image. We humans will hunger for fulfillment of our needs, but will mistakingly choose a different form of “nourishment” than what we really need. Or perhaps we will exchange one form of control in our lives for another. We will use food as our control, instead of addressing the real issue at hand. A study in Tacoma, WA in 1999 demonstrates how common this problem is. Lauder,TD and colleagues examined the eating behaviors of women in the military and found 33.6% at risk for eating disorders, like Bulemia. 8% actually qualified for a full diagnosis of an eating disorder. (Lauder TD, Williams MV, Campbel CS, Davis GD. Abnormal eating behaviors in military women. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1999 Sep;31(9):1265-71.)
The growing awareness for such conditions is reflected in organizations’ missions. A friend/patient of mine recently introduced me to “Pocket Nutrition ,” with a tasty sublingual vitamin B complex spray. I found the dlivery system easy and palatable, and was interested in the company’s mission regarding treating eating disorders. The founder’s daughter suffers from anorexia nervosa. The founder herself had an interesting history of competing in beauty pageants.
The cycles that a person experiences in Bulemia is confusing and frustrating to that person, and those around them. There is a hunger for something…physical and emotional nutrients…that cannot be satified with calories and chewing. And there is a need for control, even if it is ultimately self-destructive. Then there is the guilt, realizing how futile and damaging the binge has been. And then follows unhealthy, unrealistic efforts to undo the previous metabolic damage.
If you think that you may have an eating disorder, I strongly recommend that you seek care with a health care provider who is versed in treating such disorders. This is not something a person can “fix” with help from friends. It is dangerous, physically and emotionally.
For those of you who would just like to find better ways to control the amount of food calories you consume, here are a few hints about human feeding patterns.
1. The brain is non-specific in asking for the nutrients in needs. It is unable to consciously state “I need to eat 2 oysters and an additional selenium supplement of 200mcg today to fulfill my selenium needs for the next 9 hours.” Instead, it just says “I’m hungry!”
So, before meals make sure to consume a nutrious green drink, like Metagreens , so that the appetite is less ravenous. Also, supplement the diet with a good multivitamin, like 30 Day Renewal, and other nutrients as recommended by your health care provider. Even Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a healthy aging expert, points out that chromium helps decrease his appetite. Many people suffer chromium deficiencies, especially if they have a high sugar intake. So think about the need nutrients, not calories.
2. Eat in the company of people that you are VERY attracted to, enough that they make you a little nervous. That love-interest with the great body, gorgeous eyes, and incredible mind is a perfect dinner mate for keeping the calorie consumption to healthier limits. Besides, the love interaction that follows such a meal is more exciting when the lovers are satisfied, but not bogged down by stuffed bellies. Ever wonder why the makers of Viagra and other erection meds recommend not to use it after a heavy meal? It’s because it slows the arousal physiology.
3. Leave the plates and remains of food in your sight at the table to remind you of how much you have consumed.
4. Don’t eat when you are rushed, feeling emotionally stressed, or can not concentrate on the meal before you. I know, it’s easier said than done. In the movie “Kate & Leopold ,” I appreciate that the character of Leopold, played by the gorgeous actor Hugh JacKman, points out that the meal is a compilation of reflection. So please enjoy each meal for what is supposed to be. Make time for it to be special, nutrious, organic and shared.
And if no love-interest is available for tip #2, then just imagine that you are dining with Hugh Jackman!
5. Take control of your life! If you don’t like the situation you are living in, then move out! If your job is driving you crazy, then get a new one. If you are being emotionally or physically abused then seek help. Change your life and you can change your eating habits, because you will respect and love yourself more. And that chemical high or relief that you are seeking from food now, instead will be satisfied by the buzz and mystery of life itself.
Bon Apetit!