‘Real Housewife’ Gretchen Rossi Reveals the Key to Beating Bulimia

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gretchen rossiIt's so inspiring when somebody actually manages to take a negative experience and turn it into a positive way of living. That's why I'm so glad Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is talking about her past struggles with bulimia and the surprising key to her recovery.

Rossi was always athletic, she says, playing softball and soccer as a kid. But when the Housewife hit high school, everything changed.

"I suffered from an eating disorder," Rossi reveals. Sounds all too familiar, right? So many teens face the same challenge. But Rossi was one of the lucky ones, because she managed to find a very unique path to getting well:

"When I finally decided I wanted to get healthy and educated about how to stay in shape, I went and got my personal training certificate. I started training other people in college, which really helped me get past my own issues, because I was able to help people in that way. Now, I’m totally capable of knowing how to take care of myself on my own."

There's definitely a lesson to be learned here, I think -- and an interesting one at that. Learning how to help other people get past their problems isn't usually the recommended approach to getting past your own. It's usually the opposite -- how can you help anybody else when you can't help yourself? But maybe it is possible to learn self-preservation from the outside in. It worked for Rossi, at least!

What do you think?

Can people learn to take care of themselves by taking care of others?


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adrin... adriness666

Once a bulimic, always a bulimic. You may not act out on your bulimia, but the mindset is always still there. After all it's not about weightloss because that's just a symptom; there' a deeper reason for why a person develops bulimia.

nonmember avatar Kay

I wonder if it was part of her professional training when she kept calling Slade 'chubba wubba' when he gained a little weight even though he told her it bothered him and you could see him getting emotional over it.

Polly Mertens

I think you can change your mindset. I'm not sure if you don't work through the inner emotional/physical/spiritual dis-integration that was going on that caused you to turn to food that you could say you're no longer a bulimic. I had bulimia for 20 years and it took a lot of inner work for me to change the conversations and beliefs I had about myself. It's possible, but not sure if by training other people you overcome it. It seems like it would be a distraction and the cause could still be underlying the surface. I say "God, let me get the lesson quickly." I don't enjoy suffering or repeating mistakes/breakdowns so I look inside to see where I need to grow in order to move to a place I feel healed, healthy and happy.

Polly @ GetBusyThriving.com

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