March 6th, 2007

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So I bought some vitamins that I hadnt take for 3 years. Last time I bought this particular brand I was VERY thin and like... really ill, not eating in days and all that stuff. The taste brought so many memories of that time to my mind that it triggered me A LOT, and in some way I felt like going back to all that behaviour I had back then.

Do you people have any particular triggers that are not the usual ones (pictures of skinny girls, food, etc)?
Do you avoid them or do you "like" them?
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Naturopathy

What have your experiences been in dealing with a naturopath while having an ED?
Did it help you/is it helping you recover from your eating disorder?
Would you suggest it?
I want to see if I have any food sensitivities - is it a good idea to go to a naturopath if I have an ED? What to expect?

I want to see a naturopath because I have been feeling excessively nauseous for the past month and I know it has to do with something I'm eating. But for a person with an ED, it's extremely hard to simply "stop" eating a specific type of food, especially when you live with your other people/parents and there is food in your house that you can't avoid/they won't stop buying. So I think I have a negative reaction to a specific food and I don't know what it is. I don't exactly trust the nutritionist at my ED program either (even though there is a new one working there) because they are government-funded and rely heavily on the Food Guide.

I am also expecting the nutritionist to say that my image of food is too distorted, therefore, I shouldn't cut anything out and I should be eating everything in balance. At least that's what the last nutritionist told me. I do eat a balance of food groups but I tend to overdo sugar and starches, which I predict is the cause of my nausea. My mom also experiences the same thing when she eats these food.

Please help.

GERD

I thought of asking this after reading Erinstotle's post. It's a question I've been looking for solutions for for a long time.

I have very severe GERD (according to my doctor, what I have is pretty severe). It's bad enough that it's basically fried my vocal cords - a big problem since I'm a singer. I lost my voice for several months (missing auditions for music programs and I'm now an English and music history major), could hardly talk for quite awhile, and the vocal problems have returned again as my reflux got worse again this year. I had it controlled with medication for the past year, but the meds had side effects and I stopped taking them (with the advice of my doctor, who said it was dangerous to take them as long as I did).

The ironic thing? I've never purged. Ever. I've restricted, I've overexercised, I was anorexic for years, but never purging - I had quite a case to convince my doctor that I'm not bulimic.

My grandmother (who was anorexic from teenagehood onwards) had the same problem as I did, and it eventually caused her to develop esophagial cancer, which she died of. Needless to say, the severity of my reflux greatly alarms my mother, who is trying to get me a doctor's appointment to see what they can do.

I have a few questions.
1. Has anybody else here had reflux problems if you never (or rarely) purged?
2. If you've been to a gastroenterologist to solve the problem, what do they do to you at the appointment? My family doctor seems to believe that they're going to make me swallow a camera and leave it there for 48 hours, which fascinates but terrifies me.
3. Are there any non-medical solutions (foods to avoid, things to eat more of, etc.) that have helped you with this? Any advice at all?
4. Has anybody else here experienced vocal problems due to reflux? Any other problems?

Thanks :)