19 minutes ago
To whom it may concern ♡ As thanksgiving comes around the corner, there are concerns that are arising in my mind. This will be my first thanksgiving in recovery, and I am honestly terrified. But there are things I need everyone to know. I am still at the beginning stages of recovery. I will struggle. Every bite is still a struggle. I still struggle not to purge whatever I eat. But I am fighting. I have gained weight. There will be pictures posted, and I would appreciate people being understanding and nonjudgmental of my weight gain. Thanksgiving is a huge fear for most people with an eating disorder, so if someone you know is struggling, be compassionate, loving, and understanding of what they are going through. Tips: - Don’t judge their portion sizes. They are eating what they can manage. Whether you think it’s too much, or too little. - Dessert may not happen for them. Don’t pressure them. It’s scary, especially after a big meal. - Keep table talk light and cheery. No heavy topics such as politics, weight, therapy, etc. - Let them know you are there for them. Any amount of support is so appreciated. Finally, these tips aren’t just for thanksgiving. Love those with an eating disorder every day. Don’t judge us, as we are struggling more than you can imagine.