A Nutritionist's Eating Plan for Bulimics

An estimated 30 million American adults have eating disorders like bulimia, reports the National Eating Disorders Association. Recovering bulimics should have a doctor, nutritionist or registered dietitian help them develop a personalized eating plan that supplies adequate calories and nutrients while being flexible enough to adjust for busy schedules and personal food preferences. Don't attempt to self-treat bulimia -- ask for help from medical professionals as you work to deal with your condition.

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Cereal and fruit could be breakfast when you're recovering from bulimia. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Sample Breakfast Plan

A nutritionist's eating plan for a recovering bulimic typically calls for three meals and two to three snacks each day, with eating times spaced no more than four hours apart. Breakfast might consist of one serving of dairy or another high-calcium food, a serving of fruit and a serving of a carbohydrate-rich food. A cup of bran cereal, 1 cup of regular or plant milk and a piece of whole fruit like a banana or an apple would fulfill these requirements.

Sample Lunch Plan

Lunch on the recovery meal plan could contain two carbohydrate servings, a protein serving, a serving of raw or cooked vegetables and one serving of fat, such as a tablespoon of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of salad dressing, four large olives or half of a medium-sized avocado. Try 1 ounce of turkey, chicken or lean roast beef with an ounce of cheese on two slices of whole-wheat bread paired with raw vegetable sticks and your favorite dressing for dipping. Have your lunch sitting at a table, with as few other distractions as possible, and drink water, not diet soda or caffeinated beverages.

Sample Dinner Plan

For dinner, a nutritionist might recommend a recovering bulimic plan the meal to include two servings of carbohydrates and one serving each of protein, dairy, vegetables and fat. An example could be grilled fish or sauteed tofu, 1 cup of steamed vegetables like broccoli or 2 cups of leafy salad greens and 1 cup of whole-wheat pasta tossed with 1 tablespoon of butter, served with a glass of regular or plant milk. Enjoy the meal slowly and stop eating before you feel too full.

Sample Snack Plan

Snacks are an important part of a meal plan for a recovering bulimic. They help prevent hunger and the temptation to binge, while supplying needed vitamins and minerals. A meal plan might feature a midmorning snack of fresh fruit such as sliced berries or melon and an afternoon snack consisting of one carbohydrate and one vegetable serving, such as whole-grain crackers and celery sticks. Before bed, snack on more fruit and some protein or dairy, if desired, such as pineapple mixed into cottage cheese or yogurt or a protein shake.

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