Post Thanksgiving Reminders

November 24, 2017 in Recovery

Yesterday was a lovely day. My family and I went on a beautiful nature walk, relaxed, and went to dinner at this yummy place. It was so nice to just chill and be present in the moment.

I know Thanksgiving is a challenging time for anyone recovering from an eating disorder. I know the Holidays can seem daunting in general. I know the day after Thanksgiving can seem overwhelming. I understand these feelings. I wanted to give you all some reminders post-Thanksgiving to keep yourself on course with your self-love journey.

  1. What you ate yesterday does not dictate what you eat today. You need food today. Nourish yourself. Nourish your body. Nourish your soul.
  2. It’s okay if you feel a little bloated today. The bloat will pass. It always does. Remind yourself this: the bloat always passes, but the memories you made on Thanksgiving will always be with you. Hold that close to your heart. The bloat fades away but the memories last forever. 
  3.  Do not kill yourself in the gym today. Do not force your body to do any movement if you don’t want to. You do not have to run 5 miles today. You do not have to do anything if that’s what feels best for you. Do not use movement as a form of punishment.
  4. Diet talk will be around you. It’s inevitable. Focus on you and your personal journey. Do not engage in this talk. Do not let this talk dictate your actions. You know what’s best for you. Just because someone is saying they need to go on a diet does NOT mean you do. YOU know what you need, and you do not need a diet.
  5. Do not fall in the “get back on track” mentality. You never “fell off” the track. You just ate a Thanksgiving meal. That’s it! No need to shame yourself for that and fall victim to the “get back on track” thinking. Keep doing what you usually do: listening to your body, being gentle with yourself, and honoring what you need.
  6.  Stop worrying! Take a deep breath. You got this. Keep filling your heart with love for YOURSELF and stop wasting energy on disordered thoughts around food and self-hatred. Let those thoughts flow out of your brain.

Need some extra support today?

Read these posts!

-> You don’t need to get “back on track”

-> Food is just Food

-> Your Diet is not the Catalyst to Happiness

-> Bloating 

Sending you all love, wishing you peace, and hoping you had a great Holiday with loved ones!



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  • Reply steffie November 24, 2017 at 11:49 am

    This is wonderful! Thanks for your kind words that will help many! Happy Thanksgiving I had a wonderful day!

  • Reply Emily November 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    YESSS!!!! No getting back on track; just GRATEFUL so much for a lovely amazing memorable Thanksgiving with our families. My youngest sister and I agreed that it was the best Thanksgiving ever. :)))

  • Reply Catherine @ A Cup of Catherine November 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Wonderful reminders!
    As cliche as it sounds, we really just need to be grateful on Thanksgiving and let the food be secondary (a close second, but still… 😉) Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Elaine @ FoodParsed November 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love this post sooo much! Thanks for the kind words, and I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is as awesome as you. 🙂

  • Reply Melanie November 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Beautifully said! Thank you so much for this. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Alyssa. <3

  • Reply Cora November 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Number FOUR. Oh my goodness. 100%.

    Also – ” You never “fell off” the track. You just ate a Thanksgiving meal.” Oh preach girl preach.

    Thank you for these reminders and for being continual place of strength and grounding for those struggling with disordered eating thoughts, Lyss <3
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  • Reply Susie @ Mile High Dreamers November 25, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I especially love #5. It’s so important to remember that we are LUCKY to get to celebrate a holiday that brings people we love around food we’re lucky to have. Being conscious about the thoughts we have around this food, and the attitudes we take with our own bodies is so key to enjoying this time. Thank you so much for the reminder!

    Susie |

  • Reply Jessica November 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    glad you had a nice holiday!! 🙂

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