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Posts Tagged “Holidays”

November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Tips

Today’s nutrition blog focuses on the approaching Thanksgiving holiday.

November 30, 2015

#ThanksgivingSupport Wrap-Up

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.

November 12, 2015

Learning to Love Thanksgiving

**Content warning: This is one person’s story; everyone will have unique experiences in recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors, and symptoms. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as 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.

July 8, 2015

Enjoy the Summer with These Non-Food Related Activities

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!

December 10, 2013

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.

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