Client Newsletter

EDFNL Newsletter #10
Fall 2020

Welcome to our 10th edition of the EDFNL Newsletter.

The holiday season can be very stressful for anyone struggling with an eating disorder/disordered eating. I thought this newsletter might be most helpful if I shared with you some resources that might help you get through this time of year.

Tips and Tools for Handling Eating Disorders Around the Holidays
This article will highlight 10 strategies and reminders to help you get through the holidays. These come from knowledgeable health professionals ( a dietitian and therapist).

Tips for the Table
This article asks you to consider your boundaries over the holiday season and suggests having your tool kit ready.

Tips to Help You Through the Holidays
Another article looks at healthy holiday traditions:

  • For those currently suffering from an eating disorder
  • For those currently in recovery
  • For those with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder

Eating Disorders and Holidays
For many people the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. It is a time to gather with family and friends, catch up on each other’s lives, and share a few laughs. For most people, highlights of the holiday season includes the food and sitting down to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. For people with eating disorders, however, the holidays are often not quite so enjoyable. In fact, they can be the ultimate nightmare. For many sufferers, the holidays bring tremendous stress, anxiety, and fear.

This article suggests that good planning will help make the holidays a little easier. It gives you a list of suggestions to help cope with the holidays.

Coping with the Holidays
Compiled by: Sheena’s Place Program Team (Toronto)
From webinar “Weathering the Winter Holidays” sponsored by Nedic.

The holiday season can be a time filled with joy and excitement, with new activities and events to look forward to. However, for people living with disordered eating and body image concerns, the holiday season is one that can also be quite distressing. The following summary sheet consists of strategies and techniques that may help to alleviate some of the distress that can accompany the holiday season to make room for more enjoyment. Each strategy has a corresponding worksheet that can be found at the back of this package.

Thank you for reading this EDFNL newsletter.

Please feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any help.

Patricia Nash
Counselor EDFNL