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Dealing with Deprivation or Rebellion Eating

holiday rebellion foodHere is the fifth and final tip in our series on coping with the unique food challenges the holiday season brings.

Deprivation and rebellion eating can become a big part of our holidays without us even realizing it. It doesn’t have to be that way though. We can take steps to recognize and deal with these issues before they get out of hand.

Dealing with Deprivation or Rebellion Eating

Triggers to eat for reasons of deprivation or rebellion are rampant during the holidays. During this time we need to take particular care not increase feelings of deprivation. Allowing yourself to eat some special holiday treats is one way to do this.

You can also reduce your need for deprivation or rebellion eating by starting now to allow yourself more of the experiences that you’ve been deprived of. Maybe you’ve never been the favorite child, or haven’t felt understood or accepted by family members. If so, plan to spend more time with people who do understand and accept you, and make you feel like the favorite.

Think also of ways you can rebel that don’t involve food. Can you make your boundaries clearer, use words to speak your truth, or tune out more effectively?

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The skill of Grieving can help you here. Get as clear as you can on the family dynamics and losses that set off your feelings of deprivation or rebellion, and then allow some time to grieve rather than pushing the feelings away.

It’s somewhat counterintuitive, but the holidays are a natural time for looking back and grieving, as well as for celebrating. By allowing this, you will clear some of your deprivation and need for rebellion.

Now that the holidays are over, it may be time to seek further help with disordered eating issues. Click the following links to learn more about our upcoming Make Peace with Food 12-week group and our Beyond Emotional Eating 8-week Virtual Program. There is hope.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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