Conquering Social Gatherings in College: RSVP to Your Next Social Event Without the Worry of the Food That Follows
Do you feel yourself getting anxious anticipating your sorority pancake fundraiser? The club meeting filled to the brim with pizza boxes and soda? The birthday dinners at restaurants you have never been to before? Or even the career fair where you find yourself surrounded with endless tables of free cookies, muffins, and doughnuts? How in the world will you navigate through!? Well first of all, I want to assure you that this feeling is okay and it is normal. Maneuvering through the food aspect of social gatherings can be overwhelming, and even deter you from attending an event that you really want to go to. Sometimes the ED voice might tell you, “you are going to be too tempted by all that food, it’s probably best if you don’t go so you don’t risk eating anything you ‘shouldn’t’.”
The food that accompanies social events can be very triggering for someone with an eating disorder. The variety and amount of different foods can be a lot to handle. The food may even become the focus of the event and it can be hard to even pay attention to the person you are talking to! But, this does not have to be your fate. There are tools and ideas that you can lean on to ensure that you seamlessly glide through any social event, while keeping those ED thoughts at bay.
The week of February 21 – February 27, 2022, marks National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, also known as ‘NEDA week’. Here at Not Your Average Nutritionist, we celebrate NEDA week as a significant time to acknowledge eating disorders and their impact on individuals. This campaign aims to educate the public about the reality of eating disorders and foster conversations about how it impacts individuals on a daily basis.
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