Peace, Love, and Food
The holiday season is often one of the most stressful times of the year for many, at least that is what's been shared with me countless of times from my friends, family, and clients. It definitely can pose some challenges when it comes to eating for many people, from someone struggling with an eating disorder to the routine dieter or someone constantly scanning what they eat/won't eat and how it will/will not impact their body weight. For those in recovery from and eating disorder, the food environment can feel impossible to handle. I wanted to share some great resources to help navigate the bumpy experiences during the holiday season.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) "be flexible when setting guidelines for yourself and expectations of yourself and others. Strive to be flexible in what you can eat during the holidays. Take a holiday from self-imposed criticism, rigidity, and perfectionism." These are words of wisdom for so many who struggle with their food choices and self-image. Here is the full blog Twelve Ideas to Help People with Eating Disorders Negotiate the Holidays. Another resource from NEDA is Lessons in Self-Care: 5 Ways to Survive and Thrive Through the Holidays When You Have an Eating Disorder
There is also a FaceBook live event on Tuesday 12/10/19 10:00am-10:30am Pacific Standard Time titled When a Holiday Meets Recovery: Tips for Staying Strong sponsored by Alsana Eating Disorder Recovery.
My hope is you have just a bit more peace, love, body acceptance, and enjoyable food experiences over the holidays! Traci