Thursday, June 06, 2013

Artificial Sweeteners, Sugar Substitution And Your Bulimia Recovery

Sweet n Low..... Splenda....Equal....

Am I whispering sweet something in your ears? 
Are you happy and glad you have found sugar substitutes in the arms of these artificial (and some natural) low calorie Sweetener options? 

You SHOULDN'T be !

Bulimic or not bulimic , you may consider yourself to have a Sweet Tooth!

Having heard about chemical compounds like Aspartame or Stevia, you may even be on the hunt for healthy sugar substitute that does not have side effects or dangers attach to it? 

Sadly the lowdown on these low calorie substitute is, no matter what you use - you are MORE likely to depend on them psychologically and physiologically ..AND feel justified eating MORE of what you would not otherwise be eating, thinking you are being safe away from the consequence of fat or weight gain! 

Binging only becomes more easier, with this false reassurance you offer yourself ! 
Be warned, it always comes with a price to your bulimia recovery! 

Truth about artificial low calorie sweeteners are, they are generally toxic, addictive neurochemically , not to mention actually end up suppressing your otherwise healthy Appetite Suppressant Brain Feedback loop! So you end up over eating and gaining more weight out of the inability to stop when full or satisfied enough. Additionally consider this: your are already struggling with bulimia and the effects of crazy Sugar-insulin dynamics is already off the chart each time you binge, so the low levels of Serotonin in your blood combined with possible low blood Zinc that triggers binge eating, you really are in trouble no matter what WILL -POWER you try to apply !
 The world out there is becoming more twisted as we speak, when the manufacturers of the artificial sweeteners are now forcefully BUYING Medical experts, Psychologists , and Scientists - ethical people who once used to defend vulnerable public from the harmful effects, many side effects of artificial sweeteners, what otherwise has significant psychologically addictive chemicals that delude people like you are now batting for the other side . What would be the effect on people like you, who are already fighting an inner demon with bulimia , so you would continue to grow your dependency on them, while they fatten their wallets! 

So what can you do :

  • Develop a Blind Eye - Def Ear approach to anything that claims a quick fix substitution that simply does not exist in the real world out there.
  • You're better off having normal sugar in Smaller and safer amount for you, than to depend on what has hidden danger - that you cannot see. Let the stage of your current receptivity , bulimia treatment or bulimia recovery to guide you on you know what IS safe for you, once you pass that vulnerable place. 
  • Continually work on developing your Motivation to NORMALIZE your regular eating . This is key!
  • With it your ability to intuitively know the balance , away from faulty cognition of polarized thinking that You LOVE Sugar too much to HATING or Avoiding it all together! 
  • Knowing when you are hit by that sweet-tooth and how you would satisfy that sugar craving with natural sugar, fruits or dried fruits can be a better solution for times when your desire spins the sweet sugar way!
  • Riding out the waves of sugar craving, will give you an immense satisfaction knowing you are indeed working on your Inner Resilient Self, well away from those billion dollar Sweetener marketing industries! 

Power to you!

with warm wishes 

Vathani Navasothy
Eating Disorder Therapist, Group Facilitator; Webinarian; CBT -Selfhelp Author
BulimiaHope Facebook Page

Monday, May 13, 2013

Free Monthly Help Online For Your Bulimia With A Q&A Webinar - Next date 14th May

Greetings Bulimia Busters !

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted!

I hope you have by now found me on Facebook : Bulimia Hope Page or twitter as VathanisWords.

Our monthly Bulimia Recovery Help Online is coming along strong and I wanted to make sure you are part of that help too.

So here are the details:

 So what do you want answered on this call: A) Bulimic Habits? B ) Relapses? C) Health Concerns?
D) Eating Normally? or E) Realtionships and  SelfLove ?

GO to and click the Webinar Help tap to register for this Monthly Free call.. You only have to sign up once and you will be notifed automatically well in advance before each webinar is due. 
Next date: 14th May 2013

Remember to post me your burning bulimia struggle I can answer in confidence on the call for you.. 

Look forward to helping you move forward with Hope!

With warm wishes ~ Vathani 

Vathani Navasothy - Bulimia Specialist

Thursday, February 28, 2013

EDAW13 Help For Bulimia Sufferers And Carers


If you suffer from Bulimia, and looking to start your new life with professional bulimia help, then this Webinar TODAY ( Thursday 28th of February)
At  8pm GMT/ 3pm EST/ 12pm PST is for you.

It will look at your Bulimia recovery in detail with tips and strategies for your most asked Questions - so it help you move forward without overeating, gaining much feared weight  or the need for any compensatory behaviours.  

To post your question to me Vathani or to jon LIVE click here:

See you on the call shortly!

With warm wishes 


Vathani Navasothy
Bulimia Specialist 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Winter Blues, Chaotic Bulimia & Your 7 Day Bulimia Stabilizer challenge

 Dear Recovery Hopeful, 

Hope this growing colder weather finds you well and in good form ?  

It is usual to see a dip in our blood Endorphin & Serotonin, that makes us all feel depressed around the darkening days..but with added challenge of binging & purging of bulimia or over exercising to keep ahead of weight gain , your challenge becomes that much harder. 

Knowing this, I have decided to run the 7 Day Bulimia Stabilizer Challenge using the  BULIMIA HOPE facebook page, I created not long ago. This behavioral and cognitive  challenge was a great success the 1st time around back in September, so I want to help you gain some control back again at a time, most sufferers could do with that extra help, support, and therapeutic guidance if you are still needing it ? Especially from someone who's been treating bulimia sufferers world over for the past 10 years, may reassure you, knowing you are in good hands! 

Please visit : Bulimia Hope FB Page to pick up your daily challenge and instructions over the next 7 days and beyond!

Challenge Start  Date : Wednesday 31st of October  although you can start from any time you wish - my recommendation IS to follow with me to gain some momentum and support with the relevant daily tasks and challenges. 

You can always mail me any specific question or dilemma at : Or connect to me via my new Twitter account : @VathanisWords. 

* To get you thinking about you, just work out what it would take to own this statement away from hours lost to current bulimic trends

In the mean time do jot me a line and let me know how you are doing, and if there's anything I can do to help you progress along..please get in touch :-)

Here's wishing you well always 
With warmest wishes
Vathani Navasothy
Bulimia Specialist, Counsellor, Group/ Workshop facilitator, Self-help Author, Webinarian , Motivational Speaker
Useful Bulimia You Tube videos:
0208 653 7177 (Dial +00 44 if calling from outside of UK)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bulimia, Weight Stigma Awareness Week, Your Q&A Solution Webinar With Vathani Navasothy - Eating Disorder Specialist

Your Free Webinar Q&A Solutions :This Thursday 27th September @ 9pm-10pm UK / 4pm-5pm EST / 1pm-2pm PST

This week marks the 2nd annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (Sept 23rd - 29th)..initiated by Binge Eating Disorder Association. 

The Awareness week hopes to dispel any misconception, stigma, discrimination that goes on around us all the time : be it at your work or home in even the most personal relationships , let alone the school bullying our children face due to their size or weight - prompting them to eat maladaptively and entering 
in to an "ON OFF " diet cycles and eventually give way to eating disorders ! 

A world probably very familiar to you, if you are already  reading my Bulimia Hope Blog. 

Here's your chance to join me LIVE : Vathani Navasothy, 
some one specializing in Eating Disorders like Bulimia & Obesity this Thursday ..and make a stance for a change , help your self or your loved one from these harmful effect, as I walk you through some simple strategies that can help your current situation or that of a loved one ! 

I invite you to share your dilemma confidentially, as I would dearly love to offer you specific tools, solutions and recommendation to your personal situation .
Here are just some suggestion areas for your questions :
* Causes of Obesity & Eating Disorders like bulimia
* Child Obesity & Bullying
* Toxic Relationships & your Body Image
* Work Weight Discrimination & your Options
* Body Empowerment -Your Self Care & Self Esteem Tips
* Effective communication & Assertiveness ....& more based on your question's needs!

LIVE Event on: 
Date: Thursday 27th 
Time : 9-10pm UK (4pm-5pm EST/ 1pm -2pm PST)
To get the Telephone dial number : Please mail me
To post Question in CONFIDENCE AND or to join me LIVE click:

NB: Save & Click the above link, even if you are unable to make the LIVE webinar ! No opt is required on this occasion.
Recording will be available instantly for 7 days . I can still answer your question, if you post it in time before 7pm this Thursday. So don't miss the opportunity to ask & be helped with a dilemma or two ! Thank you.

If you want to access this event details: look me up on Facebook Event :

With warmest wishes 


Vathani Navasothy
Adv Dip Eat.Disor; Dip Obesity Mgnt; MSc. BSc; Dip Couns; CertHyp; AAMET Practitioner; Dip Spo.Psy
Bulimia / Eating Disorder & Body Image Specialist (FB Page: "Bulimia Hope" ) (FB Page: "Hope.Apply.Change")

Binge Eating Disorder Association's website :

Friday, September 21, 2012

Does Your Head Feel Chaotic with Bulimia, Your Life Disorganized & Stressed?

Eating Disorder like Bulimia will make you head hurt with chaos and it's not long before you slip in to disorganized life full of stress!

Hello Bulimia Beaters!

Weekend is another addition to your usual bulimia chaos and then some more !
Am I right ? In the absence of week day structure, there's no telling how erratic your binging and purging becomes with added stress of social pressure and family commitments !

When your head feels chaotic and disorganized , what is the 1st behaviour that you turn to , in order to numb out the stress ? Excessive binging and purging, exercising manically, abusing the laxative that is pilling on the number of tablets each time, or other form of self indulgence or distraction you don't have to give it much thinking space that often makes you feel guilty, ashamed, or angry with your own self !
Now add to this your perfectionist streaks of wanting things to be right and perfect the first time..and knowing at times it wont make the grade reinforcing the sense of failure even more .

Sound familiar ?

We often reach out for the quick fixes.. rather than actually resolving or dissolving the burden that weighs us down. Instead we opt to suppress it..hoping it will go away.. but bulimia makes sure that it NEVER truly  does! Pressure builds up, and more compounding effects piles on, result is only too easy.. more of the very bulimia behaviors you hoped you wouldn't need ! Toxic cycles of the disorderly eating, feeling, thinking continues.

Here's a suggestion, when your head starts to swim in all direction and you find your self starting to drown in the bulimic chaos of what you have to do each day are some areas you can focus on to bring back a  sense of Solid ground under you when your bulimia overwhelms you:

  • Take Time out for Self Care 
         - Even 5-10mins away helps!
  • Still your mind in a quiet place & Breathe ! 
         - So easily forgotten..we become a ball of tight mess!
  • Master Time Management 
        - Knowing the difference between urgent and important is a skill.
  • Be Realistic about your daily expectations 
        - That means avoid cramming more than you can chew!
  • Be OK to leave out a task for another day 
       - Let go of perfectionist steak, to have all done TODAY!
  • Ask for Help or Support from a Lovedone 
       - We don't have to do it alone.. no shame in asking either.
  • Instead of bulimic quick fixes, turn to developing your self & skills 
       - Invest in your self.You're worth it!

Rest will come when you start to nail the above, I promise! 

Each day is a learning rather than letting the gem of what you learnt yesterday be forgotten, make a plan each day you KNOW what you WILL do different today, tomorrow and any time in the future ! 
That comes with making a conscious process of logging your self growing daily away from bulimia .. be it on a self journal ..diary...a  note , a letter .or text to your self ....method isn't important...but the doing is the key! 

Stay well ..& have a great Friday ahead of your successful weekend ! 

I'll be writing to you soon! 

With love & best wishes 
Vathani Navasothy (for Counselling and therapeutic services ) - for your weekly therapeutic help from me, a Bulimia Specialist  - for helpful videos on your Bulimia Recovery and Bulimia Treatment

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Raving Hype & Raspberries Diet Claims on Media like Facebook and Google !

If you are reading this, you are either curious about the diet claim associated with our Adele having lost 2 stones oweing to recent diet or interested on some level about the truth about the benefits for Raspberries for it’s true merits. Then you have come to the right place ! 

You know September has arrived when you are bombarded with diet adverts once again all over the media , just in time to make their killing from you for Christmas ! Read on!

Have a Facebook account or surf the net and use Google a lot.. then this is something you have already seen, praying on your vulnerability to want to lose some more pounds or stone.. 

The implication that Adele ever even followed any diet involving raspberries is just as vague and false as their ever changing raspberry pill name changes. The last thing we need is the likes of Dr Oz publically seen to be supporting this and hyping this to be the miracle cure for all! 
Ok bit of about the suspect in question: Raspberries!!!
Raspberry had many traditional use and these traditions world over still practiced:

In China, they used it for it’s cleansing properties of liver and kidneys, so it resulted in blood toxins being cleaned out.
Far East also used this to treat men’s concerns over impotence, premature ejaculations.
Ripe berries used for eye sights, whilst unripe berries mimicked Oestrogen effects so benefited female sex organs.
In ancient practices it was your recommendation for excessive urination or irregular menstrual cycle. If you suffered from anaemia, or want to bring about labour during childbirth.. then the richness of Ironin the berries helped.
Western herbalism uses raspberries to help Indigestion and Rheumatism .

We now know it does reduce the effects of pollution and tobacco induced cancers thanks to the neutralizing effects of  Ellagic acid on cancer causing substance . Provides rich Iron and stimulants for childbirth as well as acting as a powerful Antioxidants to prevent premature cell damage..Most berries do this too .

Effects of phytonutrients like Quercetin, Lutein, Myricertin and Ellagic acid with their antioxidant properties found in our raspberries are influential in reducing our Heart Diseases, and many types of Cancer.

The rich source of Vitamin C Potassium and Tannic acid in the berries not only helps to boost our immune system but also fight any viral infection.

The appeal of Rasberries in weight controlling diet is this: They are rich in fibre yet low in calories(25 calories for every 100g of raw berries.. SAME as other berries like Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Loganberries and so on).  Gooseberries are the only berry type that has more , closer to 54 calories per 100g of berries.
Remember out of this 100g, our Raspberries will owe it’s 87g of it’s weight to simply water.. just like other berries so what you get in not going to show on your scale !
I can tell you that it being the sweetest of all the berries , it’s appeal to hit that sweet craving spot is what partly makes the whole low-fat diet claims sooo people are not going to object..
Otherwise there’s not much in it when compared to other berries..which are all classified these days as part of the Super Food title for their additional benefits.

Your 100g portion will give you 16% of your Folate requirement and 80% of your Vitamin C daily requirement.. so there are not down shot to this fruit unless you happen to be pregnant and  you took high dose of childbirth easing raspberry infusion when you are in your early stages of pregnancy that could result in premature contraction of your uterus wall. You could abort your baby .

So now let me BUST those claims they are making about the Raspberry Ketone based diet Pill ingredient when combines with colone cleansing pill , one by one : 1st their claim below

"SlimTone" Raspberry Ketone has been clinically proven to:

  • 4 Times More Weight Loss Than Diet and Exercise
  • Boosts Energy
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Promotes Cardiovascular and Digestive Health
Unless you see research numbers starring at your face with digits with carefully controlled CONTROL study over LONG period of time.. the very beginning of their claim is something you ought to take with a pinch of mega salt!
You also don’t know if their clinical trial consisted on mere 50 people or 50000 people to make it scientifically just !

After all even 30 people out of the 50 claiming they saw or felt difference would look very solid on paper because they would form their significant 50% of their sample population !!!

For any clinical study to be worthy of it’s claim to the general population without misleading on false has to have thousands of volunteers with blind study in comparison.  My 1st degree in physiology taught me this very basic human courtesy! You don’t even need that..but just your common sense will scream out this TRUTH!

  • 4 Times weight loss than Diet and Exercise : Lets look at this, shall we?.. WHRE is the evidence as proof? Bunch of small time  lab gimmick: blown up balloon in nitrogen tub infront of Dr oz's audience is NOT my proof for this hard claim without revealing to me the exact numbers, control stats, long term sustainability of that weight loss.. Nor should this be your proof people ! Demand more before you ring in your credit card to order your crates of synthetic tablets with just high dose of raspberry extracts! You can get that by going to your local super market and stocking up from your fruit counter. 2ndly, long term studies, I mean 50year long studies with all the parameters ticket off has already shown us what factors contributes to healthy weight loss and keep the weight off for life.. so this splash in the pan out of weight loss desperation motives shouldn’t cloud your judgement or ability to delve a little more . You owe your body and mind that!
  • Boosts Energy
Of course it’s going to!  Over few weeks, when we having lost that extra weight due to body’s water loss .. psychologically we are going to subjectively and objectively feel the lighter us.. this is TURE for any quick fix diets you embark on.. not unique to Raspberry keton diet. Notice they are even having to hitch a ride on colon cleansing tablets to make it all worth while for any victim tempted to buy..Ethical Bribe.. in a form of something that already reputed to hit a nerve for most us.. You are better off either cleansing your colon on a regular basis your self through fruit acid rich food or go get a Colonic clean out !  

  • Rich in Antioxidants: I have already established this above.. and to drive home my point, these exist in abundance in MOST if not all berries! 

  •  Promotes Cardiovascular &  Digestive Health :Promotes Cardiovascular & Digestive Health : Again this is established ..and true of all berries  with their goodness , nutrients, and high fibre content ..not just Raspberry in question. They wouldn’t owe it to this pill..but general nature of the benefit of most berries, due to it’s additional perks in maintaining health and aiding healing or preventing ill health. Not unique to their pill ingredient alone!

Ok I think I am done on the physical aspects.. let me begin on their hidden false claim approaches on a more psychological nature..just like ALL other short lived DIETS that never has the longevity one usully hopes for when taking out their credit card or cash out!

  • Psychological euphoria attached to their wild frenzy on FB and media everywhere – these are target market , intended for a short bust of high visibility. Otherwise known as Gorilla Marketing .. what’s the impact of having seen this type of subliminal impressions? You are more likely to BUY with more impression they buy and get you to be associated with!
  • Positive packaging : Don’t be fooled ! Throwing wild claims at the back of something that is already GOOD in it’s nature or nutrient allows them the right to appear virtuous when theirsmall print between their claim is the one is major question.. IF you were to challenge it, they can very easily re-quote on the virtues of Raspberries..and you would be silenced.. but ask them on the claim of weight loss over long term..they be stunned in to silenced by YOU ! 
  • Psychological Dependency ; Fostering sense of lack of self efficacy  from within: As I therapy this one is very close to my heart! Each time you embark on a gimmick diet .. you are entering it with the belief that you don’t have the control over weight, when truth couldn’t be future ! You are in effect trusting in a source outside of you, for redemption and not appreciate it is more of what you are and what you do that will make the long term difference to your appearance , weight and self esteem. Each time you buy , try and are reinforcing the sense of failure and your own distorted view that you are beyond help! Do you really need another diet to amplify what you don’t wish to feel about your self ? 
  • Implication of another diet like this to you bulimia recovery , is even more conflicting.. as you would be popping pills on one hand, but on the other hand conflict of believing it to be healthy, but you are far better of even binging on hundreds of punnets of raspberries from your local supermarket! 

Ok I have started.. but no where near finish.. so I may have to continue this on another blog to you.. ! 

Don't let the Raspberry team blow Raspberries at our naivety Bulimia Beaters!
Have a great day !


Vathani Navasothy
Bulimia Specialist @