The Dos And Don’Ts Of Being Quietly Supportive To The Recovering Ed Patient
- “Hey, you’re looking like you’ve gained weight.”
- “You’re sure looking healthy these days.”
- “I’m going to call _______ if you _______.”
- “Do you really think you should be eating that?”
- talk about food at the table.
- let mealtime conversations get too heavy.
- always take charge of meal planning and preparation.
- always expect the recovering individual to cook only your favorite foods.
- ask your family members to tell you everything they ate in any given day to help you check up on them.
- ask recovering family members where they’d like to go when going out to dinner.
- compliment shiny hair, color in cheeks, bright eyes, character traits and personality.
- pay attention to the likes and dislikes of the recovering family members.
- let young children have 1 – 2 meals per week they plan (especially helpful if mom is recovering and needs safety at most meals, but needs to take risks too).
- try to keep snack/finger foods in the house to a minimum. Instead, go out for ice cream as a family, use chips as a recreational food, associate special occasions with special foods.