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Surviving the Holidays

Before you sail into fears about food, eating, bingeing, purging or compulsively eating this holiday season I invite you to look at what really helps you develop through your eating disorder. If you give attention to the non food areas of your life, you may be surprised at how well you can survive the coming holidays.

Holiday Challenges: the usual suspects Yes, holidays are a challenge. The presence of family can be triggering. The absence of family can be triggering. The pressures of your own internal fantasies about what holidays should be and how they actually are may be strikingly different pictures. This can bring up anxiety and deep sorrow.

How to Stop Overeating and Recover from Eating Disorders: Your Triumphant Journey

Years ago I wrote a free workbook, Triumphant Journey, on how to stop overeating and recover from eating disorders. I'm in the process of creating a new edition for this site.  You can find the original version of Triumphant Journey on Self Help Magazine. Marlene Maheu, the founder of Self Help Magazine generously published the book online in the early 1990's. It's always been available, for free, and many people with no access to eating disorder treatment have found it helpful.

Eating Disorders in Women over 40 (or 50 or 60 or 70 or 80+)

Recently I received a letter from a woman who said she was in a lonely minority of women who developed full blown bulimia after becoming 40 years old. (I hope she posts her letter on this blog so you can read her story in her words.) (She did. Please see her post and my response in the comment section below).

Elusive numbers and false beliefs
Numbers are elusive in eating disorder statistics. Many people with eating disorders never let themselves be seen or known in a way that will allow their presence to be counted. Every woman over forty who has ever been in my practice for eating disorder recovery believed she was a shameful exception. This belief is not true.

A Win Win Holiday Coping Strategy Using an Empty Bowl

Give to hungry as part of eating disorder recovery philosophy

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Moved by my Thanksgiving post about how people struggling with eating disorders might get as well as give benefits by helping to provide food for hungry people in this country and around the world Barb Oakes, a Heifer International Volunteer Coordinator in Illinois wrote with a broader suggestion.

She added a new dimension to the food giving experience. My idea reached the level of giving food, time, or money to programs that provided for hungry people in the town where you live or the town where you were born.

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