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Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder: 3 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Holiday

By: Hannah Beaver, LCSW

Posted on November 22, 2017

With the holiday season comes great joy but, for those in recovery, it can also be stressful. Below are tips to help you get through the upcoming holiday meal and enjoy time spent with your loved ones.

Identify a support person. The holiday can be a lot to manage – having someone by your side who is aware of the kind of support you need can be extremely helpful. Make sure to let your support person know how they can help, whether it be diverting food talk or keeping you accountable to meet your meal exchanges.

Plan out your meals. We often may be tempted to "save up" exchanges knowing a big meal is ahead, but this can be detrimental to someone in recovery. Following your normal routine from the start of the day provides structure and helps to prevent falling into the trap of extreme patterns.

Focus on "giving thanks." Remember what Thanksgiving is all about – giving thanks! We know the day may be stressful, but staying focused on what you are grateful for is a useful tool to sustain you throughout the holiday.

The Renfrew Center wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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