This week's Thanksgiving holiday can be stressful for dieters. It's already difficult enough to navigate through the mealtime pitfalls, but it can also be a time when your weight becomes a topic of discussion among friends or family.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If your family or friends have never struggled with their weight, they may not know what to say or what not to say to be supportive. So tell them. Create a supportive environment for yourself. Share specific requests about the type of comments that are helpful and those that are hurtful. Chances are good that they want to be supportive, they just don't know how.
Stand Up to Hecklers
Despite your best efforts, however, you may confront some people who simply can't be supportive in the way that you need them to be. Your best defense is to ignore them completely or reframe their negative comments.
If all else fails and the environment remains stressful, take a break and go for a walk or call a friend. You'll be proud of yourself, in the end, for making your health a priority.