Obviously, the best way to not hurt yourself while suffering with an eating disorder is to choose recovery. However, not all of us are ready to commit to such a long and hard process. Even if you are in recovery, you will slip up every so often.
Just because I am not ready to recover does not mean that I should continue killing myself. Of course binging, purging and restricting will damage your body over time, but there are ways of making these physical symptoms less severe.
Restricting harm reduction:
- make sure to take vitamins daily with food
- talk to a doctor or nutritionist to see which supplements you should be taking
- allow yourself to eat when working out - aiming for negative nets is especially bad
- feeling faint, light headed, and bad headaches is your body telling you it needs food. Eat something, even if it is small. Fruit is good in these situations.
- avoid taking appetite suppressants
- drink lots of water and electrolyte beverages
- make sure you are consuming enough calories relative to your caffeine consumption
- avoid energy drinks
b/p harm reduction:
- don't overexercise if injured
- avoid the chronic use of laxatives, take the minimum you feel comfortable taking
- avoid caffeine on bad b/p days
- avoid flushing
- chew on something basic after purging
- replenish your electrolytes after all types of purging
- stop purging if you see blood - especially if it is very dark in color
- get your heart checked regularly
- go to the ER if you're experiencing any type of chest pain or severe stomach pain
- talk to your doctor if you can't control your purging
- avoid food that comes up in clumps - the choking risk is high