Eating Disorders in the Holidays
December 20, 2016
Hosted by Kathy Welter-Nichols
How will I manage during the holidays? Its a question everyone asks - however, someone with an eating disorder this time of year can be anything but a happy holiday. Family members sensitive to someone with an eating disorder can feel overwhelmed. How can we help our family member? We don't want to trigger a relapse, what foods should we have? What about the things we love for the holidays? Its a challenge for everyone, and I have some helpful tips for everyone. Families, friends and the population in general face the holidays with views to navigate the excess's in food, drink and exhaustion. Sometimes we think, "I'll just starve myself and lose weight before then I can relax and eat everything". Or "I can use alcohol because it lets me eat less. What if I just stay home and avoid everyone? I know they are going to say I'm too thin" Arm yourself with some pre-holiday awareness, this is really a show for everyone, join me this week. You can do this, this show can help.
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What can I eat? Will I gain weight? What about anxiety? I can’t sleep. I’m having panic attacks and I’m bloated all the time. What about junk sugar and junk foods? I feel ashamed, I feel guilty.
These and many more behavior patterns are linked to eating disorders, along with beliefs and values that are often sacrificed in the secretive drive for thinness.
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Kathy Welter-Nichols is a clinician and author; she runs a private practice in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Over the years she has helped thousands of people achieve positive results, which inspired her to create a specialized program called “The Bulimia Breakthrough Method.”
She is a published author of several books: Chasing Hunger: The 90-day Bulimia Breakthrough Challenge is the one that put her in front of a TV audience on the CBS-produced, internationally syndicated show “The Doctors.” Her other titles include: Meditation for Beginners, Mindful for Beginners and My Birth, My Way. She is also a birth coach and doula, and teaches weekly meditation practices. She is the winner of the 1999 Spirit of Community Award for her dedicated service in hospice work for patients struggling with a life threatening illness and their families.
Her expertise offers real insight into the challenges of eating disorders and its debilitating effects. Through insightful questioning, she has gathered knowledge and information that has been key in assisting people to achieve positive recovery.
Kathy’s passion and deep empathy for the human condition has honed her insightful intuition for understanding people. This combination of education, skill, passion and her unique approach make her a dynamic leader in the field of recovery from eating disorders.