Navigating the Holidays as a Non-Dieter

First off, I want to just empathize with you if you do struggle with family and friends who engage in dieting and if you are going to be around diet and body talk at your holiday events. This can be really frustrating and triggering to face as a non-dieter. Especially if you are new to quitting dieting and pursuing Intuitive Eating! I want you to know that you are not alone and that there are many, many people out there just like you who have quit dieting and are dealing with the diet and body talk over the holidays!

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On the surface level, my top tips for navigating this time of year are:

  1. Set boundaries in advance with your family and friends around diet and body talk. Send a quick text message or give them a phone call ahead of time and let them know that you would appreciate if the topics of diet and body can be left off the table this year as you are currently working to quit dieting and embrace your body as it is.
  2. If you aren’t comfortable or able to be upfront with setting boundaries, then while at the holiday event if the topic of diet or body comes up, try and change the subject. If that doesn’t work then simply walk away. If you are in a situation where you can’t just casually walk away, then excuse yourself to use the bathroom and go give yourself a break in there for a bit.
  3. Center yourself before the event by doing some breathing exercises and reminding yourself of why you’ve quit dieting and why you know that the non-dieting life is the only way for you.
  4. Keep yourself adequately fed all throughout the day leading up to the big holiday meal. The number one reason that people eat past comfortable fullness is because they were way too hungry before the meal began! If you keep yourself fed during the day leading up to the big meal you are much less likely to mindlessly eat until you are so uncomfortably full!
  5. Make sure to take time for self-care during this busy season so that you aren’t just turning to food to self-soothe.
  6. Be aware that this is the time of year for diet companies to shine so you will be seeing many more ads. Anything advertising weight loss is a diet!
  7. Set some new years goals that are not weight loss related.

Is there anything else that you would add that has helped you?? Comment below!

Navigating the Holidays as a Non-Dieter

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