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Don’t let body image hamper holiday spirit

Now that October has almost gone, fall is officially in full swing, which means the holidays are here.

With at least one major holiday in each of the last three months, the thoughts of what to prepare can bring many to tears. But one thing that shouldn’t be burdensome is the threat of calories and weight gain.

Many start every year off with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. They strive for the perfect body for spring break, the start of bathing suit season, and carry that mentality through summer. After summer, the conscientious ones tend to keep up the determination in preparation for the many holiday dinners and parties scheduled.

Many holidays celebrate family and friends and the cultures and beliefs of our ancestors. They shouldn’t be ruined by Tofurky, unless you are a vegetarian, or sugar-free apple pie, unless you are diabetic.

It is easier said than done. Like many, I have days where I wish I had a different body, something more toned or slender. In the past, I, unfortunately, have taken this too far and suffered from effects of an eating disorder. Though it was not extreme enough for hospitalization, I suffered from extreme blackout spells and weakness. I put myself at risk, and because of my bad habits, I could not do things a healthy person would. I missed out on things with my family and friends.

Today I no longer participate in Pro-Ana activities, an Internet group that helps anorexic and bulimic individuals keep up their disorder. But I can still relate to those hesitant to go for another helping of mashed potatoes.

But don’t hesitate. Of course, be mindful. If your stomach is telling you it’s time to stop, then listen. But childhood memories do not revolve around Aunt Jenny’s salad. They revolve around the special treats and traditions saved for this time of year.

Of course, if one cannot partake in holiday food because of religious, diet or health reasons, that is understandable. But don’t miss a favorite holiday treat with friends and family out of fear your cheetah-print skinny jeans will not fit.

Indulge. Save being good for the rest of the year.

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