If you have an eating disorder then the end of the year holidays can be especially tricky. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are all holidays that involve eating and drinking. For someone with an eating disorder these holidays can be just as tempting as they are to someone with a substance abuse problem. There are ways to avoid any problems during the holidays if you have an eating disorder though. Some tips include:
- Eat at regular scheduled times.
- Try to avoid dieting or obsessing about weight during this period.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet, without being consumed with guilt if you have had a few bites of that special dessert.
- Make sure to exercise frequently in order to stay healthy and feel great.
- Go to support meetings when you are feeling tempted, or call a sponsor or other support person.
- Prepare a plan before going somewhere that food will be served.
- Bring a few baggies of healthy food options that you enjoy, like fruits, nuts, or other healthy snacks. This provides excellent choices even if the party does not have these options available.
- Try to have a light snack before going to a holiday party if you have an eating disorder. You will arrive feeling sated and will not be as tempted to grab for the high calorie or fat loaded foods.
- Prepare yourself for failures, they will usually happen in most cases. If you give in do not let guilt continue the relapse. Realize that you are human, forgive yourself, and move forward.