We hope her story helps others.
As we reported, in last week's episode of The Real Housewives Of New York City, newbie Jules Wainstein opens up to Bethenny Frankel about her battle with eating disorders.
On Wednesday, the Hong Kong-born socialite talks to PEOPLE about surviving anorexia and bulimia.
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According to the 35-year-old, it all began in high school.
"I was swimming competitively in Florida, two-hour practices before school and after school, six days a week… I loved the discipline, I loved the schedule. I was comfortable that way."
However, when she quit at 17, she began restricting her calorie count to 800-1000 a day.
"I remember keeping a journal, counting my calories, what I ate… I would make like a list of things that I would eat and add up every meal, every calorie… I knew I had a problem from the beginning… I thought I could fix it myself, but it just got worse."
Things got worse in college where the reality TV personality became bulimic. At one point, she weighed only 80 pounds.
"I had no energy, I was always tired… I was depressed, I slept a lot. I was not very social."
When she was 23, she got help at a treatment center where they made her realize how her illness affected those around her.
"They make you hit rock bottom there… It wasn't like: 'Look at this raisin, how does the raisin make you feel?' It was like: 'This is what you did to your family, this is how you made your family feel, this is what you're doing to your body.' I mean, I cried every day in the beginning."'
However, the treatment worked and she slowly started to recover.
"Slowly my body started to change – I gained weight. My body formed into an adult figure… It was really incredible."
But don't think Wainstein is embarrassed by her past.
"It's a part of me. It makes me who I am today… It makes me grateful for what I have. I take care of my body."
We applaud Jules' honesty and we are beyond touched by her story!
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