When you’re overcoming an eating disorder, the support of loved ones during mealtime at home make all of the difference in the world. Take a look at 10 tips that make it easier to provide that support when it is needed the most, as well as how to receive and anticipate the support you receive.
- providing a comfortable environment is the first step; avoiding all talk of food, body image, calories or any other triggering topic is key. So what can you to do help your loved one face their food fears and consume their meal.
- Tensions may mount during the meal as you witness your loved one overeating or struggling to complete the meal. You may be tempted to talk about your frustrations but it would probably be a better idea to redirect the conversation and energy around the table to a more fun, playful and less intense atmosphere.
- One common way that our clients like to feel better is to spend time with a pet after a meal.
“As you probably know, providing a comfortable environment is the first step; avoiding all talk of food, body image, calories or any other triggering topic is key.”