Thanksgiving traditionally revolves around using food to celebrate. For those in eating disorder recovery it can be an especially triggering time.
There are many ways to stay connected to your support group as you face Thanksgiving in eating disorder recovery. One of the greatest options- bring a friend! Not everyone has somewhere to go for Thanksgiving. Bringing a friend from recovery to Thanksgiving dinner will help you and help them feel supported, welcomed, and loved on the holiday. If you do end up with just you and your family or in some other situation, collect a list of phone numbers for people willing to be on call for you. Connect with eating disorders anonymous through a local meeting, online meeting, or phone meeting. Chances are you will not be the only person recovering from an eating disorder struggling on Thanksgiving. Often, just knowing you have a plan for support will help you stay strong.
Don’t Anticipate Bingeing By Preemptively Purging
Disordered eating is a complex kind of confusion about what is healthy and what is not when it comes to food. Old behaviors would encourage you to restrict or skip a few days of meals before Thanksgiving in order to be prepared for all the food. First, know that even though the holiday commonly calls for overindulging, you do not have to participate in that culture. Second, remember that eating three meals a day with three small snacks is part of your eating disorder recovery routine. Getting off track might lead you to see a binge on Thanksgiving as an invitation to continue harmful behaviors with your eating. Remember it is okay to eat the foods you enjoy without the guilt or shame.
Pass Off Holiday Weight Gain Conversation
Guilt or shame regarding food during the holidays is often a topic of conversation. Since binging and restricting are normalized parts of holiday culture, it is likely somebody is going to bring it up. Pass off the holiday weight chatter by simply not engaging. You’ve worked hard to learn how to be comfortable with yourself and approach food in a balanced way. Here, you can find compassion for the millions of people who still struggle and believe that they aren’t good enough the way they are. When someone starts making shaming comments about themselves or others, be the person who reminds them that you think they are beautiful.
Substance use and eating disorders are common dual diagnosis issues. If you or a loved one are suffering from substance use and eating disorders, call Aurora Recovery Centre today. Don’t wait until after the holidays to get help. We’re here to help you today. 1-844-515-STOP.