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How to Enjoy the Holidays in Your Bulimia Recovery Journey

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- A Guest Post by Our lovely Clara Toronto

In my Bulimia Recovery I got tons of anxiety and stress during the month of December....

I loved and feared Christmas/New Years and all the food centered parties. Triggers galore existed at those places. Thoughts of relapse and failing would sneak into my mind and heart.

There was always that pressure to act normal and eat plenty of food and drink plenty of drink. I remember always getting so stressed because of the reputation I had to maintain; Being the ‘Bottomless Pit', 'a Big Eater’, ‘Beanpole’...

There were always two dialogues running: The internal and the external. (And neither seemed to end!)

Internally l would be stressing, thinking...

How will I get through this? What will people say? Would anyone notice if I snuck off?? Why does this have to be so hard? Why am I overthinking this?  

Externally I would hear…

All the random comments from others about my eating habits and physique that would begin… ‘where do you put all that food?’ ‘How do you stay so skinny?’ ‘If I ever ate the way you did I would get so fat.’

I felt like everyone was always watching me and evaluating my actions. Maybe they weren’t, maybe they were... but I just remembered that this was my journey and my time to heal.  

Dear friend, it’s important to remember what you’ve learned so far in your Personal Bulimia Recovery Journey... (Or what you will learn, if you continue to visit this website regularly)

Bulimia Recovery Advice for the Holidays...

To continue making bulimia recovery progress this festive season, it’s important to remember what you’ve learned in recovery so far...

  1. Be strong!! (You've got this! I believe in you!)
  2. Remember to practice SELF KINDNESS!! A critical component to your recovery. To read more about Self Kindness in Recovery, click here.
  3. It’s okay to say "Nooo Thank you!" to food if it is going to make you over full.
  4. Failure doesn't exist. Bulimia recovery is a process and every step forward is PROGRESS! (Give yourself time to heal… sound familiar? *ahem* Shaye said that… To read more on patience with yourself click here.

I promise you that you wont hurt anyones feelings by saying no to food... And you don't owe any one apologies or explanations for not wanting to consume something. On the other hand you owe it to yourself to enjoy all types of tasty foods! For instance, have one plate of whatever it is you feel like eating but with the self guarantee of allowing it to digest. The key lies in balance...

It can also be an interesting experience to say, "Actually I’m currently recovering from Bulimia." I get a kick out of that...

But if you are not ready for that (which is perfectly understandable), simply show yourself some kindness and remind yourself that you have what it takes to not act on those nasty, negative, nagging bulimia voices in your head...

Visualize a day of happiness and positivity revolving around you and the holidays where you come out with your own victory in your personal bulimia recovery journey...

By doing this and by not acting on those bulimia voices, you are weakening the old habits and preventing them from ruining your holiday cheer! More information about weakening those bulimia habits can be found in Shayes recovery guide and program, which you can learn more about here.

In Shayes article, “Help for Bulimia: Learn How Your Goals Are Preventing Your Recovery” we learn about the importance of setting positive goals for ourselves. I would love to see you using her advice this season. For example, when heading to a party or event go with a goal in mind...

Perhaps it could be, ‘Enjoy up to 5 treats provided at the party’, or ‘Only use positive language in my self talk’ or ‘Focus on having meaningful conversations with 2 different people.’

Christmas can be fun again. I promise. You just need to take it in steps. Small, loving steps that will lead you back to a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

 


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