6 thoughts on “Getting Through the Holidays When You Have an ED

  • December 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Thank you for the tips. Thank you. I have been in a state about Xmas for some days now. As a recovering anorectic this will be my first real test outside the clinic where I was admitted (although I have been out for already 1,5 year, the ED seems lately to be regaining strength)and I am very scared. Living in Italy (for one year now) also makes me feel particularly alone in this problem as besides my fiancé, nobody knows about my history and there is a big taboo about opening up on personal problems. I am so scared because my ED is gaining strength and I am very afraid I will cross my limits during Xmas which will lead to after days with excessive stress which in turn can lead to a general fall back. Thank you thus for your tips, I will write them down so during difficult moments I can take a peek at them. Isn’t it a shame that even in order to get back to a form of ‘natural’ eating, as you described in the dec.21 article we still need to think and way every bite we put in our mouth…When can I just be ok with mé and thus with food? I still believe that for many anorexia sufferers it goes deeper than wanting to fit in and be perfect. There is a general lack of self respect, a need to take in as little space as possible in this world. I am constantly wondering where we went wrong as a society that so many women have such self loathing?

  • December 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

    (i meant weigh, not way, sorry)

  • December 23, 2009 at 11:43 am

    @ D, you’re so welcome! I’m really glad that you find the tips helpful. I think it’s a great idea to write them down.

    I’m sorry that this is a difficult time for you. If you aren’t already, you might consider seeing a therapist for several sessions.

    You can also call a hotline that specializes in eating disorders and speak with someone. This website has a nice list of hotlines: http://www.something-fishy.org/other/hotlines.php

    Just remember to be proud of yourself. ED recovery isn’t easy and I know it takes everything you have to get better. Just take it slowly and acknowledge that you’re doing your best. Recovery is a slow process, but the important thing is that you’re working on getting better. That takes so much strength.

    Think about what healthy things are comforting to you. It might help to talk to your fiance about your concerns, too.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  • December 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you so much for these tips! I am in the early stages of recovering from bulimia and the holidays are definitely trying times. This gave me a lot to think about.

  • December 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

    @ Kristine, I’m so glad these tips have given you some ideas. For individuals with an eating disorder, the holidays certainly present an extra challenge.

    But it’s important that you realize it may be a tougher time for you and that you’re thinking about ways to manage the holidays healthfully.

    I wish you all the best for your recovery!

    Have a very healthy, and happy holiday!


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