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Were you alone and binge eating at Christmas? How to ground yourself.

  • Were you alone and binge eating at Christmas? How to ground yourself. 

              A bell alone can still ring.

Binge eating for Christmas companionship

People who binge eat often isolate. Was that you this Christmas? Were you alone? Did you go into a cave and wait for Christmas to pass by? Did you hope for phone calls and invitations that didn’t come? Did you binge eat and watch TV?

It was worse this year because of Covid. You couldn't go to a movie by yourself. You couldn’t go to an in-person  OA meeting or a 12 step marathon to be with people, even if you didn’t know them.

Going to a seminar or workshop so you could be with people celebrating in a way that blended with the workshop theme was too risky this year.

Some of you got sick and stayed in bed under the quilt with hot tea. Some of you wrote letters or wrote in your journal.

She made a fire, sat with her animals in the living room and read a book of Christmas stories and legends from around the world. It was nice and the best she could do.

Good Goals or Binge Eating Triggers? Importance of a clarity check

Good Goals or Binge Eating Triggers? Importance of a clarity check

Support your binge eating recovery

If you binge eat you can use this New Year time of new beginnings, fresh starts and New Year’s resolutions to renew your commitment to recovery. But, please be aware of the different kinds of resolutions. The best resolutions you can choose are those that support your healthy way of living and add energy to your life. Be wary of resolutions that are triggers for slips or major eating disorder acting out. Here are some examples of both.

Examples of Recovery Support New Year’s Resolutions
These resolutions involve activities that weaken the need to binge. 

 I resolve to:

1.  learn something new.

Binge Eating Recovery Work: pain and joy

Binge Eating Recovery: pain and joy                                       
                 Suffering and Joy to reach her goal

Binge Eating Recovery Work

Often clients in my eating disorder recovery practice don’t recognize their accomplishments. As they gain more awareness about their binge eating experience pain or anxiety.  They don’t understand that experiencing their pain and anxiety is part of releasing the eating disorder and gaining emotional strength. They don't know, yet, that they are crossing a threshold into stronger and healthier ways of being in the world. Growing your way out of eating disorder entrenchment, even a little, can feel frightening.

Joy in Binge Eating Recovery Work

Climbing out of the prison of an eating disorder and blinking from the light of the new world becomes an incredible joy.

Eating Disorder Slip over the Holidays: find meaning and recovery

Eating Disorder Slips over the Holidays
A letter came in today that may speak to many people this holiday season. The writer, I'll call her Kendra, had an eating disorder slip last night.

Eating Disorder Slip

Kendra spent successful time in a residential eating disorder treatment center. She continued her recovery work on an outpatient basis at home with a private psychotherapist and a support group. This sounds good to me. Then she had an eating disorder slip.

Danger Signals

She stopped seeing her therapist and stopped going to the weekly support groups because they became triggering for her. These are red flags for me.

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