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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Surviving the Holidays With Disordered Eating

The holidays can be extra challenging if you’re recovering from a dual diagnosis of addiction and disordered eating. After all, ’tis the season for high-fat, calorie-laden, sugary foods – and they seems to be everywhere. This can certainly cause stress and anxiety – and even the urge to return to destructive habits like overeating, purging, or restricting calories. 

It may take a little thought and preparation, but you can enjoy the holidays and stay on the path toward healthful eating and sobriety. Start by following these helpful do's and don'ts adopted from the National Eating Disorder Association. 

  • Devise a holiday game plan. Together with your healthcare provider you can predict and prep for any overwhelming situations or harmful behaviors. 
  • Count your blessings. The holiday season is a time to enjoy family and friends and give back, so try to focus on your heart instead of your hips.
  • Line up support. Alert one or two friends that you may need them to provide extra support this season – and then don’t hesitate to reach out when you’re in need. 

  • Skip meals. Instead, maintain a regular and moderate eating pattern, even if you feel like you overindulged.
  • Overcommit. You don’t have to attend every holiday event, especially if it will lead to more stress and less self-care. Consider turning down an invitation to spend time on self-reflection or relaxation. 
  • Be too rigid or hard on yourself. A little flexibility can go a long way in helping you enjoy the season without excess worry about what or how much you eat. Plus, you deserve a holiday from self-imposed criticism and rigidity. 

Seeking Support at Haven
The Haven at Pismo provides a continuum of care for clients with co-occurring chemical dependency and mental illnesses like disordered eating. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.