How to survive the Holiday’s with an eating disorder

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season of family, friends, shopping and FOOD. For those of us who struggle with disordered eating these 6 weeks full of parties and family dinner can bring on anxiety that other people just don’t understand. And just to clarify I define disordered eating as a variety of abnormal eating behaviors that, by themselves, do not warrant a diagnosis of an eating disorder. In simple terms you have an unhealthy relationship with food whether it be binge eating, restriction, or just fear around food.

I have something today that can have the potential to add some light to your soul in this area. The #1 revelation around food that has been instrumental in my freedom.

Are you ready? This may be mind blowing for some of you….. It’s not about the food.  I can hear you saying “Now wait a minute Karen, you mean to tell me when I see all the food on the table at Thanksgiving and I want to just eat it ALL it isn’t about the food?”

Yup, that’s what I am saying!

So if it is not about the food what is it about? It is about our emotions. I will not be digging deep into that today but I do want to give you 2 ways you can get you through this holiday season.

4 Things I am not going to tell you.

  1. Drink a glass or 2 of water before you eat to fill you.
  2. Measure your food.
  3. Stay away from the pie.
  4. And by all means skip that gravy because you might as well pour fat over your food.

What I do want to share with you are 2 things you can practice everyday and specifically before a holiday gathering or party.

  1. Make a Gratitude list

Making a list of those things you are thankful for will help you in that moment when you are feeling the anxiety you have around food. You can mentally refer to this list during those times of anxiety or negative thoughts about yourself and what you are eating.

2. Slow down 

Take a deep breath and pay close attention to your body while you eat. Your emotions and specifically your stomach cueing you that you are full. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite and moment with those around you.

3. Bonus – Guard your heart.

Protect yourself and your emotions and anything you know that will trigger yourself to overeat. The holidays can be harder for some with family so protect yourself.

I hope and pray you are able to implement these few tools and find peace and freedom during your holiday season.

Be blessed and remember God wants you Free and yes it is possible.


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