When you have an eating disorder, it's helpful to avoid situations that focus on diet culture, weight loss, food fear, and exercise addiction. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that brings out all of these cultural tendencies. As a food-based event, Thanksgiving puts those of us who have/had eating disorders at risk of exposure to … Continue reading Family scripts for an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving and other holidays can be very stressful for people who have eating disorders. Often when families get together, the first thing they talk about is dieting and body size. It's a national obsession and is even more prevalent on a food-based holiday. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, it's important … Continue reading How to make Thanksgiving eating disorder friendly
Candy is everywhere. Every store, every desk, every place we go seems to be offering up tiny bites of forbidden sweetness. If you're like most people, you studiously forbid yourself from succumbing to the temptation of candy ... most of the time. But there are probably days when you just can't resist, and then you … Continue reading For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!
Taking a vacation with an eating disorder in the family can be a challenge, but it is also entirely possible with a little bit of planning. First things first, here are a few fundamentals to consider: 1. Take into account the timing of your trip. If your child is in early recovery, you may need … Continue reading How to enjoy a vacation when your child has an eating disorder
The holidays bring so much joy and laughter and wonderful gifts ... at least, that's what they are supposed to bring. But for many of us, eating disorders darken the holiday spirit, adding stress, concern and a sense of deep unease. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, then it's very possible … Continue reading Have an eating disorder in the family? Then this is the one gift that everyone deserves
It's very likely that your Thanksgiving table will include people following diets like vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, carb-free, paleo, gluten-free. This adds tremendous stress for hosts at Thanksgiving, because it means everyone needs different food on their plates. Ten years ago, there might have been someone at your Thanksgiving table who said they were on Weight … Continue reading A 3-step guide for hosting Thanksgiving when your guests eat clean, paleo, fat-free, carb-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.
The Fourth of July, like so many holidays in our culture, centers on food-based celebrations. Sure, there are fireworks, but before they begin, there are BBQs and cakes and ice cream. Food-based celebrations are always a challenge for someone who is in recovery from an eating disorder. While our disorders are not only about food, … Continue reading How to handle the Fourth of July with an eating disorder
When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, life can get pretty complicated. An invitation to a large celebration such as a birthday party, which might have been welcome before diagnosis, can take a difficult turn when your child is working on eating disorder recovery. Unfortunately, our friends and family members tend to make … Continue reading A parent’s guide to going to a birthday celebration when your child has an eating disorder
December and January can be some of the hardest months on the eating disorder calendar. If the family events, disrupted schedules, and endless food events weren't enough, we also have advertising and promotions everywhere about New Year's Resolutions, which almost always include eating/food/weight rules and, of course, diet resolutions. For people who have eating disorders or who … Continue reading New Year – New You! Thoughts about New Year’s resolutions inspired by BOPO leaders on Twitter
The holidays can be a real challenge for people who are in the weight recovery stage of recovering from an eating disorder. There is a lot of food around, and a lot of stress in the air. If your child or adolescent is currently in the weight restoration phase, being out of a normal routine, … Continue reading Handling the holidays when you have a child in the weight recovery stage of eating disorder recovery, an interview with Dr. Renee Rienecke