The Binge Eating Diaries: Getting Through the Holidays



Okay ladies (and gents!). We made it through Thanksgiving… one of (if not THE) biggest “food” holidays out there. And as a recovering binge eater, it remains one of the most challenging days of the year for me.

For a lot of people, it’s the ONE day of the year when it feels socially acceptable to completely overeat.

“No boundaries! No rules! No judgment! Pass me my third helping of stuffing! Throw extra gravy on there, would ya!?”

But for those struggling with emotional eating or binge eating – this can be a really confusing time.

3 Tips For Overcoming Binge Eating During the Holidays

If you’re like me and you’ve been working on:

A Listening to your body’s cues

B Trying to decide what being full actually feels like

C Stopping your food intake when you feel satiated

…it can be hard to just keep up with the Joneses during holiday meals… and then “go back to normal” as soon as you throw in the napkin.

Putting Eating During the Holidays In Perspective

Now, we’ve had about a week to consider our Thanksgiving adventures at the dining table, and my first hope is that you’re not still beating yourself up over that second slice of pie. (And if you didn’t give yourself a hard time at all – now would be an appropriate time to give yourself two thumbs way the hell up!)

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Instead of exhausting ourselves by counting those calories or bites, let’s try to guide our hindsight in the right direction. Thinking back on it, what was Thanksgiving all about this year? Could it be… being thankful!? (I know, I’m sort of a genius…)

Even if you said it quietly to yourself or out loud before you picked up your fork last Thursday, let’s say it again – what are we thankful for? For me, even if I ate a bit more than I normally would – I’m thankful that I had delicious food to eat. And I for one am not going to let myself get away with clouding my memories of that day with self-hate and judgment. Are you with me?

But The Holiday Season Isn’t Over Yet…

If your food-related decisions are getting the better of you, I encourage you to take a moment to talk it out with me… instead of spiraling the conversation around and around, alone in your head.  (It can get awful cluttered up there.)

“How did your body and your mind feel after that Thanksgiving meal? How do you feel about your choices? Were you overly harsh on yourself post-indulgence?”

These are things we can think about before we dive into the next round of holiday helpings. I don’t mean we should harp on them, overthink things, or get ourselves tangled up in our emotions. Instead, we can directly ask and honestly answer these questions to better prepare us for what’s ahead.

I know we may not all be getting ready for the same upcoming celebrations, but there is one common factor that we can probably all agree upon – ATTENTION: Fun treats and good eats straight ahead! And these are two things that we should be able to enjoy – guilt free. But if you’re like me and the latter tends to get the better of you, just take a moment to breathe deeply and center yourself.

A Little Awareness Can Go A Long Way

We don’t have to change our eating patterns and behaviors to accommodate the holidays per se, but a little awareness can go a long way. If we focus on how our bodies feel while we enjoy our favorite seasonal delicacies, we can find that happy medium. The place where food, fun, friends, and family fit together like a perfect puzzle.

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With some fierce focus and a big dose of self-love, we can intuitively eat our way through the rest of this year. Where there is food – there can be joy, my friends.

The holidays are stressful enough as it is – but there’s one thing we can do to shave off a layer of anxiety. We can focus on gaining control of what we eat, when we eat, and how we eat. We just have to keep checking in with ourselves. And from my point-of-view, that feeling of control makes everything seem just a little more manageable.

And from Thanksgiving to New Years – “manageable” feels positively marvelous to me.

Until Next Time,


How did your body and mind feel after your Thanksgiving meal? What do you think you could do differently to help yourself during the rest of the holiday season?  Please feel safe and welcomed to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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4 responses to “The Binge Eating Diaries: Getting Through the Holidays”

  1. Beth Warner says:

    Thank you Jace. I had decided that I would have a taste of everything on my friend’s sideboard for Thanksgiving. It was delicious. She had also purchased home baked gluten free cookies for my dessert, the little sweetie! I only had one. It was enough. I am thankful for having been able to think about the meal ahead of time, make my decision and follow through with it and feel satisfied. Beth

    • jackimonaco says:


      Thank you so much for commenting! How wonderful of your friend for getting you that dessert! 🙂 It sounds like you made some incredible decisions for yourself this Thanksgiving. That is so inspiring to read and I’m very thankful that you shared this with us!


  2. Merrie K. says:

    This article is so much like an article in the new issue of Shape magazine. Thank you very much sharing.

    • jackimonaco says:

      Thank you so much for commenting! I’m glad that other people are talking/writing about this also! That is wonderful to hear 🙂

      Thank you again for commenting!

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Jacki Monaco

Jacki (or Jace) is a Green Mountain alum that shares experiences with binge eating disorder through "The Binge Eating Diaries” series. Follow Jacki as she shares the discoveries she’s made on her journey to health and happiness.

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