The conversations have already begun about family members who don't dare eat a piece of pie on Thanksgiving due to fear of gaining WEIGHT.
I think in bullet points so here we go! How to survive Thanksgiving and all the food and weight talk:(whether or not your child has an eating disorder)
- Make a plan ahead of time on how you'll handle weight talk, the Trust Feeding Model is a good resource.
- Decide on what you'll use for fun distractions during the day.
- Remind yourself that there are much more interesting things to talk about than weight.
- If you have a loved one with an eating disorder, share eating disorders information with family ahead of time.
- For those with food fears and/or eating disorders, acknowledge their fears and have compassion.
- Deflect 'fat talk/calorie talk' with a funny story you've prepared ahead of time.
- Remember that gratitude is what this day is about, create a gratitude ritual.
- Share Alliance for Eating Disorders info with people looking for eating disorders treatment.
- Ask fat phobic person to read up on restricting food leading to food binging.
Don't even get me started on all the running and workouts that have to happen to be able to deal with the extra food on Thanksgiving...it's one day. One day I hope you'll enjoy. I'm so grateful for each one of you!
January 1, 2019 is the 8th anniversary of the publishing of "Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders" and to celebrate I'm doing a Revised Second Edition with DSM V updates and additional stories as well as updates on some of the stories.
And if you haven't written a review on Amazon, you'll get a special thank you from me if you do it before the end of the year!
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