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Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery — The Vital Key

Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery — The Vital Key

Hope in eating disorder recovery is a vital key to success (Hope – the Foundation of Mental Health Recovery). Without hope, we have nothing to look forward to but a life tortured by our eating disordered voice and patterns. We have day after day of a cruel, incessant voice in our ears about what failures we are. Hope, even if just a sliver, is like a thin whisper of smoke over the mountains when you’re wandering alone in the forest. That smoke says, “If I can just make it there, over the mountain stretch, there’s a place waiting for me by the fire.” So how do we raise our heads and see the thin veil of smoke as we wander? How do we keep hold of hope in eating disorder recovery?

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How to Talk to Someone with Disordered Eating Around the Holidays

How to Talk to Someone with Disordered Eating Around the Holidays

How do you talk to someone with disordered eating around the holidays? The holiday season is a time of gathering and lots of food. The average person may complain of overindulging and gaining some turkey or pie weight. But for the person with an eating disorder, the joy of the holidays can be a time filled with anxiety (Surviving [and Thriving] During the Holidays With An Eating Disorder). Food is a part of celebration but for those with disordered eating, it can be difficult to maintain stability or stay on the recovery path. Added to that stress are the dreaded looks or awkward questions of friends and family members. Here’s how to be a supportive person and talk with someone with disordered during the holiday celebrations.

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How to Talk to Someone with Disordered Eating Around the Holidays

How to Talk to Someone with Disordered Eating Around the Holidays

How to Talk to Someone with Disordered Eating Around the Holidays

How do you talk to someone with disordered eating around the Holidays? The Holiday season is a time of gathering and lots of food. The average person may complain of overindulging and gaining some turkey or pie weight. But for the person with an eating disorder, the joy of the Holidays can be a time filled with anxiety (Surviving (and Thriving) During the Holidays With An Eating Disorder). Food is a part of celebration, but for those with disordered eating it can be difficult to maintain stability or stay on the recovery path. Added to that stress, are the dreaded looks or awkward questions of friends and family members. Here’s how to be a supportive person and talk with someone with disordered during the Holiday celebrations.

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This Holiday, Please Don’t Say These Things About My Eating Disorder

This Holiday, Please Don’t Say These Things About My Eating Disorder

Patricia also made a great video about a year and a half ago about how to prepare for triggers in social situations. And while the food is panic-provoking, that is only half the battle. You also have to deal with people. I see family every year (which I look forward to) but because I only see these folks once or twice a year, I drive myself crazy wondering if I’m fatter or thinner than they saw me last. And, being well-meaning, loving people, my family want to tell me all sorts of supportive things about how great I look now that I’m in recovery. But, please, don’t say these things about my eating disorder.

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Holidays with Dietary Restrictions in Eating Disorder Recovery

Holidays with Dietary Restrictions in Eating Disorder Recovery

It is not my intention to make this blog post any form of commentary on religion itself, but as a part of an inter-faith family with Easter and Passover coming soon, I recently got to thinking of how religion’s restrictions on what we eat can impact someone in eating disorder recovery. 

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3 Tips to Be Comfortable Around Food in ED Recovery

3 Tips to Be Comfortable Around Food in ED Recovery

Some people seem surprised when I mention that, at times, I’m a bit uneasy about sharing a meal with others, or eating in public. “But aren’t you doing well?” Yes, I’m doing well,  thank you, but!

Even in ED recovery maintenance, eating can potentially be stressful. I’d like to share some tips with you on how I get through it, because as I’ve said many times, no matter where you’re at in your eating disorder recovery, you are a stronger person than you think.

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Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery: 3 Things No One Told Me

Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery: 3 Things No One Told Me

I recently found myself doing quite a bit of traveling for work and being sleep deprived due to layovers, long flights and work related events. Inevitably, when it seems like my life is going too fast, I start feeling nervous about my food intake.

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Eating Disorder Anniversaries

Eating Disorder Anniversaries

A lot of people I’ve talked to on my journey in and out (and in and out) of this eating disorder hell have told me that there are periods of the year that are more difficult for them because of eating disorder memories or landmarks. I often think of them as anniversaries. It’s more than that general tension at holidays or the beginning of the school year – these anniversaries mark something (good or bad) and become a measuring stick.

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Navigating the Holiday Season and Eating Disorders

Navigating the Holiday Season and Eating Disorders

The holidays are upon us with the party season in full swing and it can be a frightening time for someone suffering or recovering from an eating disorder. Most of you must know by now that I consider myself recovered and that I’ve maintained recovery from bulimia for over 5 years. However, that is no to say that I don’t have some moments or even days when I feel more vulnerable to some potential eating disorder triggers; especially during the holidays

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Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Aiding Your Eating Disorder Recovery?

Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Aiding Your Eating Disorder Recovery?

Recovering from an eating disorder isn’t particularly easy at any time of the year, but I always find it especially difficult around the New Year. For starters, you’ve just gotten through the holidays, which are extremely stressful in and of themselves, even if you don’t have an eating disorder.

And then come New Year’s resolutions. If your eating disorder is anything like mine, it rejoices at the idea of flying under the radar and hitching a ride on everyone else’s “Get fit in 2013!” wagon.

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