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Client & Family Newsletter
December 2013
The Emily Program Medical Services
In This Issue
Lunch & Learn
10 Tips to Holiday Cheer
Recovery Night 

December 10, 2013 


At this month's Recovery Night, The Emily Program will host Erin Gargaro, her mom Deb and her family members.

Erin Gargaro will share her story of recovery from bulimia and anorexia. What started as an attempt to "perfect" herself turned into an obsession with isolation and self-protection that lasted for 14 years. Eventually, she learned to trust her treatment team and the ongoing process of recovery. 

Another element in Erin's recovery was her mother Deb and her family, who will share how they helped Erin to destigmatize the eating disorders and challenged her to be proactive in moving forward in recovery.

Date: December 10

Time: 6:30-8:00PM 
2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community.  
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Multiple Disorders and Intervention -- January 16, 2014


The December event with The Emily Program, AiR, Hazelden, and PrairieCare garnered so much interest that it filled up fast. So, we decided to add a second date for this event in January. 


Join The Emily Program, AiR, Hazelden, and PrairieCare for a complimentary lunch and 60 minutes of engaging discussion around the complexities and resources for individuals with multiple disorders. 


This opportunity is open to:

  • Anyone working with clients who are presenting co-occurring disorders.
  • Anyone working with families struggling to get help for a loved one suffering from an unclear behavioral health issue.
  • Anyone seeking to gain more knowledge about the resources available for complex and challenging cases.

A complimentary lunch will be served and providers will receive one CE credit.

When: January 16 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Where: Hazelden, 11505 36th Avenue, Plymouth, MN 55441

Cost: FREE


Click here to register for the January 14 Now What? Lunch & Learn.

10 Tips to Holiday Cheer

By Sina Teskey, R.D., L.D., The Emily Program


Eating disorders can make holidays a stressful time. They are often an uninvited guest that wants to join in family and social gatherings. Thoughts about eating, weight, festive parties and memories of past holidays can bring up anxiety and urges. Instead of isolating, try using these tips and ideas that have helped other people in recovery navigate the holidays.


10 Tips to make holidays enjoyable and less stressful with food

  1. Keep with your meal plan and stick with consistent eating times.
  2. Make a game plan for support, food, and activities around holiday functions such as dinners/parties or a get together. Sometimes structure around what to eat before, there and after can help ease anxieties.
  3. Eat regularly and avoid "saving up" for a meal. This can help control urges and keep your body satisfied and nourished which in turn can help with mood and stress management. 
  4. Don't try to do it alone. Reach out for support. Discuss the anticipation of the holidays with your therapist, dietitian, friends or family members ahead of time.
  5.  Allow yourself to have fun and not as rigid with food.
  6. Set an intention or goal around the holiday. This can be related to food or also family and relationships and what you hope to get from the time with loved ones.
  7. If you're attending any holiday parties with appetizers try looking at what's available from each food group before eating to make it less overwhelming.
  8. A good general tip for appetizer parties is most "dips" will be a fat exchange if you have 2 Tbsp.
  9. Grab a plate and portion out what you want ahead of time.
  10. Lastly, remember the good times. Holidays are a time we get to spend with people important to us and even small memories can help future holidays continue to get easier. 
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