Holidays, | 07.17.21
So it’s safe to say that a change in our eating also comes with a change in the way we relate to others on these special, and even more, ordinary occasions. With food no longer acting as the activity or talking point, we may feel like there’s a void or emptiness. It may feel uncomfortable, or it can feel like we’re missing out on something important.
The real struggle comes when we attach a story to this discomfort. Not only are we feeling uncomfortable, but we may tell ourselves that we’re “outsiders” or that other people are judging us for our decisions. This story can intensify the feelings and discomfort we’re feeling, and may even lead us to sacrifice what’s best for ourselves in the name of connecting with others.
But here’s the truth – there are so many other ways to connect with friends and family that don’t involve food…. we just may not be used to practicing them. Here are a few you can try out:
This list is just a start. Think about all the amazing – and maybe even more meaningful ways – you can connect with your friends and family when the easy-go to (food) is no longer on the table. Now your loved ones can think back on some real quality time, not just “How great was the cake.” Your goals and priorities don’t need to be sacrificed to have this meaningful connection with others.
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