As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how difficult this holiday can be for people with eating disorders and issues related to eating. Although many holidays have specific traditions associated with food and eating, Thanksgiving is one in which the primary event is a large meal and the tradition is to eat more than anyone typically needs to.
A few quick tips to think about as you plan your holiday -
1. Focus on gratitude and thankfulness, rather than on food. What activities can you participate in that don't revolve around food and/or eating?
2. Focus on relationships with people you love.
3. Plan your meal - and plan to eat a normal amount, rather than binging.
4. Give yourself an out if things get overwhelming or too stressful.
What types of things are you planning to do to make it through the holiday? Have you done something in the past that was particularly helpful?