Here we are near the end of the year, STILL in the pandemic 😨🤯. Case numbers here in the UK are high, yet we have no restrictions, so my guess is Halloween will proceed as per pre-2019. 

If the pandemic has reinforced anything for me, it’s this: all we can do is be with what is and to take the next doable step

This global situation has exacerbated many people’s eating issues. Social media is not helping! Neither is government health messaging to lose weight and exercise more. 

In addition, here we find ourselves at Halloween, which tends to be complex for people with disordered eating at the best of times. For some, it’s frightening. For others, liberating. And then still others find themselves somewhere in the middle, or swinging between restriction and permissiveness. 

With the added uncertainty with regard to Covid, well, let’s just say it’s a lot more complicated with that in the mix.

So, how to approach Halloween in a peaceful way? 

Tap into joy

If there’s one thing we could probably all do with right now, it’s to experience joy. 

Now maybe Halloween feels like a lead balloon to you – devoid of all joy… if this is you, give yourself permission to skip it altogether and do something that does lift your spirits instead.

If you have children who love Halloween (or maybe you don’t have kids but you love the tradition) what can you do to bring the spirit of Halloween that feels both doable and joyful to you (rather than another task you feel obliged to do)?

Eat what you want

This isn’t just at Halloween, of course ;). Eating what you want is a core element of making peace with food. Often the reason we binge or overstep our fullness and satisfaction cues is exactly because we’re not giving ourselves permission to eat exactly what we want. We’re focused on what we think we should eat; what we believe is healthy; what we believe will make our bodies shrink… This reinforces all-or-nothing thinking

Eat what you enjoy

You might think that this is the same as eating what you want. It isn’t. How many times have you eaten what you think you want but realise you’re not enjoying it? 

Look, sometimes what we have isn’t particularly enjoyable but that’s all we have at that time, so it will have to do – and that’s fine.

But if you’re able to eat what you want AND what you enjoy, well, then you’ve hit the jackpot for satisfaction.

And when you feel satisfied, it takes no effort to stop at that point. It’s like magic 🧹🧙‍♀️

Whatever you do this Halloween, tune in to that little voice inside – the wise voice, the one who knows what would make it a peaceful experience for you, and listen to it 💗.

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