Preparing for Thanksgiving

This week was filled with conversations with my patients/clients about you guessed it-Thanksgiving. This year has flown by and I cannot believe that tomorrow is already Thanksgiving. For individuals who currently have eating disorders/disordered eating or a history of an eating disorder/disordered eating, the holiday season is such a stressful time. Why? There are dinners to be attended. There are comments to be made by relatives who are dieting (IE trigger city for someone who has an eating disorder). It’s hard to remember why we are celebrating in the first place.

Because I know how much of a struggle it is for my patients/clients, I thought I would write a post rounding up some of my favorite things I have found supportive lately whether it be a blog post or a delicious holiday recipe.

This post that Immaeatthat wrote about the importance of eating breakfast on Thanksgiving was golden. Diet culture tells us that we need to “save our calories” until the big feast, but that only leads us to being absolutely starving and not fueling our bodies adequately. Decreased fuel=Increased anxiety around food. Not helpful.

I also love how she talks about how being overly full on Thanksgiving is normal. Being mindful of how full you are getting is important, but also know that if you want to try both the pumpkin pie and the apple pie, that’s totally okay too.

Making sure you are having a variety of foods on your plate will help you to be full and satisfied. I understand. I love carbs too, but include some protein (turkey/tofurkey/whatever your jam is) and sides in there too!

I also NEED to make this baked oatmeal. I love her snickerdoodle pumpkin baked oatmeal, but love the idea of these brown sugar apples in oatmeal form. Matt loves apples too, so I’m sure we will be trying this recipe soon.

This podcast from Paige Smathers was awesome. She is a Registered Dietitian who interviewed a therapist about helping our patients (as well as ourselves) out through the holidays. Highly recommend listening to this!

One of the key things that stuck out to me about this podcast was how sometimes when people make comments that are not helpful (I really need to go on a run after eating this much food, etc.), sometimes the best thing to do is remove yourself from the situation. Also, having a mantra/bible verse/saying that comforts you is also helpful.

What am I making for Thanksgiving?

I am making this recipe for dessert tomorrow. I am also roasting some fall vegetables (brussels, butternut squash, red potatoes) in olive oil and all the good fall seasonings (sage, thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper).

Most of all, remember that this time of year is meant to be spent with your loved ones and to remind us to be thankful of the blessings that we do have. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Whitney Carney