The Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association will host a discussion to help students enjoy the holidays without obsessing or stressing over food.
For the event, Mindful Eating Through the Holidays, OEDA will partner with OCU counseling services to present coping mechanisms for enjoying food over the holidays without anxiety or overindulgence. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Walker Hall dormitory .
Participants will sit in a circle and informally discuss ways to enjoy the holidays without letting food cause stress or anxiety.
“Food often becomes the emphasis of the holiday season,” said Victoria Renard, OEDA executive director. “We want to remind students that other aspects of the holidays, like family and friends, should be more important.”
Eating dessert is okay, as long as students do it in moderation and the best way to achieve this is to focus on the important things, Renard said.
Students agree with Renard’s outlook.
“I think it’s important, especially at this school, for people to know that you can enjoy the holidays and food without being overly worried about body image,” said Grace Kidder, dance performance sophomore. “I’m excited to go to this discussion.”
Jennifer Greathouse, a life coach and culinary chef, will facilitate the discussion, encouraging students to enjoy food over the holidays without eating too much or feeling guilty. She also will help them set realistic goals for healthy food choices.
The event welcomes any OCU student wanting to discuss the topic, ask questions, or listen.