New Year’s Resolutions for Rebel Parents

Are you a rebel parent? Are you willing to break the current parenting expectations and bring a kinder, gentler, and more mindful approach to raising your child? Are you ready to help your child avoid, heal from, or reduce the severity of an eating disorder? If so, read on! Resolve to accept your child as they are First, you must …

Three gifts to give your child who has an eating disorder

Giving gifts is a beautiful tradition, and most parents love the opportunity to shower their kids with presents on birthdays and holidays. If your child has an eating disorder, here are a few gift ideas. Reframing eating disorders Eating disorders, like all maladaptive coping mechanisms (including substance abuse, self-harm, and many behavioral addictions such as shopping, gambling, and gaming) appear …

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Family scripts for an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving

Are you heading into Thanksgiving with a child or loved one who has an eating disorder? It’s important to make an effort to plan an eating disorder friendly Thanksgiving. Food-based holidays can be especially challenging for people in eating disorder recovery. It can really help to plan ahead for success. When you have an eating disorder, it’s helpful to avoid …

How to make Thanksgiving eating disorder safe

Thanksgiving and other holidays can be very stressful for people who have eating disorders. Here are some tips to help make your Thanksgiving eating disorder safe. Food-based holidays can be hard Often when families get together, the first thing they talk about is dieting and body size. Dieting is a national obsession and is even more prevalent on a food-based …

For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!

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 binge, feel horribly guilty, and …

How to enjoy a vacation when your child has an eating disorder

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 to reschedule. It’s not fair, …

A 3-step guide for hosting Thanksgiving when your guests eat clean, paleo, fat-free, carb-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.

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 Watchers. They counted up their …

How to handle the Fourth of July with an eating disorder

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, highly-stimulating situations combined with food …