Far from cause for celebration, the holidays can feel like a concentrated dose of all of our most difficult issues with food and family relationships. How do we avoid going off our meal plans and out of our minds during the 39 long days between Thanksgiving and New Year's? We asked Mirasol clinicians for suggestions, and they responded with a concrete list of tools for not only surviving the holidays, but perhaps using them as a springboard for fresh perspectives and personal growth.
Making the decision to seek treatment for an eating disorder is a difficult decision that requires tremendous courage. Unfortunately, once you have made that decision, an even greater challenge may be getting your insurance to pay for treatment.
Beginning in October, Mirasol will offer classes in hula dancing at its adult residential and PHP "day" programs.
Many people with eating disorders have so much trauma and fear — including fear of needles — and many are very low body weight, so they don't have a lot of energy. The gentle style of Japanese acupuncture helps clients relax and overcome their fear of needles so they can tonify their bodies and begin rebuilding energy.
Most Mirasol clients experience gastrointestinal disturbances at one time or another during their recovery. Some come into treatment with a long list of food allergies and sensitivities. Others may find that eating regularly again can result in a range of uncomfortable symptoms including gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. It's not easy to tell if a sudden intolerance for wheat, dairy or animal products is a clinical issue, or a way to avoid eating broad categories of food. How can we work together to disentangle eating disorder cause and effect, and reduce the discomfort of weight restoration?
According to Dr. Lissa Rankin, the greatest risk factor for disease isn't diet, or exercise, genetics or bad habits like smoking. It's loneliness. Lonely people have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, dementia, high blood pressure, diabetes, infection, anxiety, depression, insomnia, suicide and addiction.
We came across Rankin's research while reviewing the results of Mirasol's alumni survey. Graduates of our residential treatment program report that their biggest challenge in recovery isn't family or relationship issues, or sticking to a meal plan, or even body image. It's loneliness and isolation. So Mirasol clinicians gathered together to discuss the relationship between eating disorders and social isolation, and what clients can do to build community and forge meaningful relationships in recovery.Subscribe to Our Newsletter