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How to Manage the Holiday Season in Eating Disorder Recovery

Written by Frances Molé & reviewed by Talia Cecchele

Managing the Holiday Season Eating Disorder Recovery

The holiday and festive season can provide a much needed opportunity to take a break from regular activities like work, school, and other commitments to spend quality time with loved ones, relaxing or getting on top of life admin. However, it can also bring about many emotions, anxiety and stress when in recovery from an eating disorder. Social events common for this time of year typically revolve around food, social eating, and coming together with friends and relatives.

This week's blog covers three common eating disorder & disordered eating presentations or behaviours:

  • Restrictive eating

  • Binge eating and overeating

  • Compensatory behaviours

We have collated tips and recommendations for each of these presentations to support your eating disorder recovery this holiday season. From setting expectations with your loved ones and planning for holiday events, we hope to provide you with the tools to create a holiday season that is filled with less anxiety, stress and fear.

As eating behaviours may look different to everybody, and recovery is not one-size-fits-all, please take what you need from each section and apply it to how it suits you best.

Dietary Restriction Eating Disorder Management

Binge Eating and Overeating Eating Disorder Management

Compensatory Behaviours Eating Disorder Management

During a time where eating may look different, we hope these tips can help you manage the holiday season with less difficulty. If you would benefit from specialist support we invite you to book a free 15 minute discovery call with one of our eating disorder dietitians at the TC Nutrition Clinic to discuss how we can support you.

Challenges and tips have been adapted from resources across various eating disorder organisations including: InsideOut and the Butterfly Foundation.

Frances Molé

TCN Intern

Frances Mole TCN Intern

Frances is a student dietitian at Bond University, in Australia. She is upskilling in the area of eating disorders and enjoys recipe development and food photography. Her food philosophy is to always include favourite foods, a few simple changes can have the biggest impact on your health. You can find Frances on Instagram @wellnutritionn



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Talia Cecchele Nutrition is a team of registered dietitians that specialise in eating disorders, disordered eating, digestive issues and sports nutrition. We aim to bring balance back to nutrition, help you to break free from food rules and find food freedom. We offer virtual consultations and group programs so whether you are based in London, the United Kingdom or around the world we would love to support you. To enquire about a private consultation please fill out a contact form.

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