I used to binge eat and am trying to get back to a healthy lifestyle. What should I do?

Q. What are the ways to start living a healthy lifestyle?

Answered by
Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 05, 2022 and last reviewed on: Oct 07, 2022

Hi doctor,

I am still trying to figure out how to get back to the healthy me that I used to be. I used to be a binge eater. I had no idea how extreme it was until now. I used to eat a lot. Especially before going to bed, I never felt sick because I used to smoke marijuana, and it felt fine to me. But I no longer have an appetite.

I would sometimes experience a slight burning sensation in my abdomen, but that was the only negative thing that happened for a while. I then started having muscle spasms, and I still do not feel myself today. My breathing was shallow, most likely due to all the undigested food, so I started doing yoga and working out more. I cannot eat a normal meal without becoming bloated, and I have severe gas problems when I urinate. I would just like some pointers on how to get back on track. What foods should I consume? I believe I have low stomach acid, but I am not sure. What should I do next?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Do not worry. Everyone makes mistakes, but I will appreciate that you learned from your mistakes so quickly and are willing to learn. It is amazing to find people like you who self-realize and make our job easy. You can go back to being healthy. The first step is to abstain from marijuana completely. Drugs, smoking, and alcohol are our biggest enemies. As you may be aware, marijuana can lead to tolerance development. If you continue for an extended period, it will gradually affect your systems. You will experience breathing difficulties, the risk of cancer is always present with smoking, and you will experience indigestion and hyperacidity.

You could develop gastritis, incoordination, memory loss, hallucinations, and so on. I recommend that you stop worrying about what you did. You cannot change it, but you can prevent it from happening. So eat healthily, try to walk 3 to 4 kilometers per day, as walking improves your circulatory system and keeps you in good shape, and avoid the usage of drugs. Avoid eating fatty and junk food. You seem to have developed some GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), so I advise you to take tablet Pantoprazole (Protonix) 40 mg once daily 30 minutes before breakfast for the next two weeks, and your bloating will improve. Muscle spasms can occur as a result of overtraining or stress. So relax, and maybe focus on moderate-intensity walking and cardio for the next two weeks. But, it is not too late. Nothing has happened to you up to this point, and nothing will happen to you now that you have stopped using marijuana. After two weeks of taking this tablet, your burning sensation and bloating will disappear.

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