| | Underweight with BED: advice please!
I am 29 and have been a compulsive overeater since puberty (I think, definitely for the past 10 years or so). Unlike most people with overeating problems however, I am not - and have never been - overweight. In fact, I tend to be slightly underweight. Since about 5 years ago I have been on an eating disorder rollercoaster and have been everything on the spectrum at some point: exercise/laxative bulimic, orthorexic/anorexic, binge eater, compulsive overeater.
It would seem that in my case the long-term impact of my unbalanced eating behaviors has been to weaken my digestive system and internal organs (liver, pancreas, etc. not that I am by any means an expert on anatomy, but from what I can gather from my readings on the subject...) Now I have a hard time sleeping at night because I am usually too "full" or bloated feeling (even if I have had nothing since 5PM sometimes), and feel unable to lie down without getting cramps or indigestion. I am often quite sleep-deprived as a result, which I believe causes me to overeat the next day as a result of feeling low energy/depressed. So it's a vicious cycle.
What confuses me is: now that I've messed up my digestive system, what is the proper way to handle this mess? How long will it take for my body to heal itself and get back to normal? How can I get back into balance? I often read about the benefits of cleanse diets and fasting, however the times that I have tried this on my own I always ended up getting more focussed on food and went into a binge purge cycle and everybody I've talked to doesn't reccommend me doing it. However, I really want to feel "clean" inside and I'm tired of being "sick and tired". I just want to get healthy and get on with my life.
I'm curious to know if anybody on here is dealing with digestive problems like this and how you handle it.
Thanks so much!