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Thanksgiving is over, but this is just the start of the holiday season. The holidays are supposed to be about reflection, love, compassion, and gratefulness; however, this is often a time of anxiety, remorse, and obsession for many people. Especially those struggling with eating issues.
In my experience, the holidays used to mean severe anxiety, then guilt… all focused around food. I had a difficult time counting my blessings and being thankful during the times spent with family and friends. Throughout the years of my own recovery, there has been a slow transition to peace, enjoyment, and acceptance.
This Thanksgiving, I felt zero guilt at all after the meal. I built one plate of all my favorite foods. I did not restrict earlier in the day and I did not hold back on taking the foods that I most enjoy. The difference this year, is that I have 100% accepted where I am at, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the environment, and I happily enjoyed the delicious foods prepared by 3 generations of women in my family. These foods were made with love for all of us to enjoy together.
Here are some of the things I have done to transition the holidays from stress to contentment. These are tried and true strategies that I have used to calm myself and learn to enjoy the moment with family, rather than focusing on the food:
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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