1. Identify your trusted support person: share your struggles and ask for support.
2. Focus on moments not the food: pull yourself out of your own mind and be fully present, engage with the people around you, feel gratitude for those you are blessed to share the holiday with.
3. Have a plan: talk to your therapist/dietitian to plan ahead for what you will have at the meal. Discuss how to navigate difficult friends or family members.
4.Remember what you eat during one meal will not define you, your worth, or your body.
5. Make an after plan: decide how you will cope with arising anxieties or uncomfortable emotions after the meal. What coping strategies can you use?