Establishing Continuity of Care During Periods of Vacation

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Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Director of Content and Social Media at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

Consistency is an important aspect of recovery from an eating disorder. Whether with therapy appointments, a meal plan, or continuing work with your support group, being consistent with the various components of your recovery will allow you to continue progressing in your journey towards freedom from an eating disorder. Maintaining structure may be easier under the umbrella of a treatment program, but what about periods of vacation or travel?

Staying Consistent with Continuity of Care

If you are at a point in your recovery journey where you are able to travel and leave for extended periods of time, you may find that it becomes trickier to stay consistent with recovery efforts. However, with planning ahead and by staying connected to your support team, you can ensure that you are able to maintain your recovery from an eating disorder no matter where you might be in the world.

Girl on vacationHaving a support system and built in accountability is a tangible way to continue proactive care in your recovery. Whether with a mentor, online support group, or treatment professional that you have connected with, determine days/times over your vacation that you can “check-in” with your support.

Establishing check-in times ahead of your traveling can create accountability and remind you to keep recovery a priority. This can also be helpful for sharing any struggles that you might be encountering on your vacation. Having built in time for accountability and support can provide continuity of care while on vacation.

Remaining consistent with a meal plan that your professional treatment team has recommended is also another important aspect of continuity of care while on vacation. Discuss your travel plans with your registered dietitian to work through any potential challenges you might encounter as well as devising ways to travel and eat successfully.

You might also consider setting up appointments with your support team before and after your vacation to ensure that there is not extended time lapsing before you reconnect with your support team. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you are able to remain in recovery while on vacation.

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Crystal Headshot 2About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.

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We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on June 29, 2016
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