Ask a Dietitian: Advice for the Holiday Season

Ask a Dietitian: Advice for the Holiday Season


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So the holidays can be
a time of excitement and possibly anxiety,
of high emotions and a lot of outlay
of emotional and physical energy,
and for those individuals
that are struggling with an eating disorder,
This can be a really, really challenging time.
Some of the things
that I thik can be really helpful,
at the holiday time,
would be to really emphasize
your own self-care.
Recognize that your limits
could be tested by additional requests
to go to this party,
or get together with these folks.
And, I would really encourage you
to set your own boundaries.
You don’t have to say yes to everything.
And to recognize that —
keeping yourself well-grounded,
well rested, stay on a regular schedule
as much as it’s possible,
to help keep your own regulation
will be really helpful in these times.
So, to balance the opportunties
to engage with people
with the need to also rest, relax, restore
so that you keep a sense fo capacity
around that.
It’s when we run-down
that things can get to feel
much more difficult.
So, try and keep that balance in place,
and try to stay on
as much of a regular schedule as possible,
and that can include:
eating at regular times,
getting regular rest,
trying to not stay up extra late,
or get up late, later in the morning.
— And watch for times
where you know that might be
especially susceptible for you.
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