Surviving and Thriving at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, like other holidays that have become food-centric, can be a difficult time for those who struggle with disordered eating. In my weekly support group for college students with disordered eating, we talk about situational triggers for that insidious inner critic. This year, students shared their concerns about the following triggers at Thanksgiving: an over-abundance of foods (many of which are deemed “forbidden” or “bad” by the diet industry), family conflict or tension, and body shaming “fat talk” (such as, “A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”). So, for those of us who will struggle with triggers tomorrow, I offer the following “Holiday Coping Plan” to be filled out prior to the festivities. Best wishes for an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Feel free to comment or send me an email if you need support or have questions about the following plan.

Peace, Joy, and Health,

Megan

Holiday Coping Plan

Potential Triggers

Family Members: _______________________________________________________________

Foods: ________________________________________________________________________

Situations: ____________________________________________________________________

 

Negative Automatic Thoughts:                             Healthy Responses:

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

_____________________________________          ____________________________________

 

My Plan

Who to sit with: ________________________________________________________________

Food / portions / time at the table: __________________________________________________

Conversation topics: _____________________________________________________________

Other Activities / Distractions: ____________________________________________________

Supports: _____________________________________________________________________

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