The holidays can be stressful for someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. We get it. A lot happens this time of year—extra family time, busy schedules, social gatherings—and most of it centers on food.
Articles tagged with: Holidays
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us count our blessings. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with the people we love and acknowledge the things we value. However, it’s important to remember that for someone with an active eating disorder or in recovery from an eating disorder, the holidays can be a challenging time filled with complicated emotions.
New Year, New You? How about New Year, New View!
So it’s that time of year. The time when the marketing campaigns begin, telling us “this is the year” to make a change, lose weight, get fit, get healthy, change ourselves and turn over a new leaf. Hey, I am a big believer in change—it truly is the only constant—and some change and internal focus is needed to grow and expand as a human being. It can be positive, healthy and important. It can be helpful to step back and reflect on how things went during the previous year, what you want for next year and sketch out a plan of action on how to reach those goals.
The holidays are in full swing! In today’s blog post, I want to introduce you to (or possibly remind you of) a few yoga poses that you might find especially helpful this time of year when food choices are overwhelming, schedules are busy, and when social situations can be exciting and fun, but stressful as well.
Today’s nutrition blog focuses on the approaching Thanksgiving holiday.
We hope our tips and ideas were helpful for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder and all support people who celebrated Thanksgiving last week. If your family or friends haven't celebrated yet, we are here for you. Feel free to check out all of our staff's #ThanksgivingSupport suggestions here.
This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
By Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.
My partner and I met in the fall, and, on one of our first dates, he mentioned that he was looking forward to Thanksgiving. He said that his family all gathered together, shared a meal, and people talked and laughed and played games. He spoke with such warmth and genuine appeal; it occurred to me that some people actually enjoy Thanksgiving. I, of course, dreaded it.
By Dana Rademacher, intern at The Emily Program
"Rest isn't idleness. To lie outside in summer listening to water murmur, or watching clouds float, is hardly a waste of time. – J. Lubbock"
Ah, summer, you are finally here! As the dog days of summer are fast approaching, people start taking more vacations, going to the beach, and spending as much time relaxing with loved ones as possible. Unfortunately, the summertime isn't a fun and relaxing season for all, especially when you are struggling with an eating disorder or another mental illness such as depression or anxiety. It can be filled with a perceived pressure to have the busiest, most exciting summer ever, with added pressure to look "perfect" or "bikini ready." These types of pressure aren't beneficial for anyone. To help combat these summer stressors, here are a few non-food related ideas to help you relax and have more summer fun!
Our final holiday post includes some fun activities to help take the focus off of food as well as some general thoughts to keep in mind. As we close out our three part holiday tip series, we wanted to offer some non-food focused fun and some tips to keep you healthy through this busy season and beyond. If you missed them, here is part 1 and part 2.