Regulating food in a patient with bulimia is a very slow process that requires the patient to be helped, because in the end, you should have a re-education of eating habits that require an acceptance of the individual.
It involves, ultimately, exceeding the psychological issues are the ones who created the disorder. This treatment must be done by specialists who will offer psychological or psychiatric care on one hand and nutrition on the other .
This will help eliminate the fear of gaining weight, anxiety about food and allow the patient to be in a position that will restore the nutritional balance. From a point of view of nutrition and diet, it is necessary that the patient understands the importance of a varied diet in which address all of the basic nutrients. This should take into account the following guidelines:
- It is better to consider that this change should be more a qualitative than quantitative. The bulimic person's diet should provide fat and carbohydrate, protein and minerals from natural sources and healthy.
- Sugary foods that normally produce a very great anxiety in the patient and provide short lasting satiety (cakes, pastries, etc.) should be avoided. Replace these foods for other energetic foods but more digestible energy and with a longer assimilation. These should include:
Milk (better fermented dairy products like yogurt) and eggs can provide the necessary proteins.
Plants rich in starch, that are transformed into sugars of slow absorption by the organism, therefore more assimilable, would provide the sufficient energy (Cereals, tubercles and vegetables: potatoes, peas, soybean, rice, etc.)
- It is important that the patient eats slowly, chewing well so as to take better advantage of the properties of foods. Also it is more convenient to make several meals a day, not too abundant.
- One should avoid drinks that contain caffeine or the consumption of alcohol, because both are exciting for a nervous system which is already very unbalanced.
SUPPLEMENTS INDICATED FOR PEOPLE WITH BULIMIA
The administration of supplements of vitamins and minerals can be useful, especially zinc. A diet rich in products containing this component can be very appropriate since it regulates hormones and enzymes.