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Food Issues

Hidden Resilience:

Focus and Comfort

Is learned when:

- People experience food insecurity (Physical Neglect or not knowing where your next meal is coming from or even early in utero umbilical or other problems that left a developing child hungry in the womb). - People feel empty, alone, unloved, unlovable, unwanted, or rejected. (Emotional Neglect, being “othered” or part of a marginalized group).

The drive behind the behavior:

Empty, alone and unlovable/unwanted/rejected.

Steps to take to meet those needs:

  1. Discuss favorite foods.

  2. Plan menus.

  3. Have caregiver or safe positive adult do steps 1 & 2 and go shopping for the food with person.

  4. Make placemats.

  5. Identify what they would like to talk about over dinner.

  6. Prepare & enjoy a meal together.

  7. Plan ways to have weekly if not daily meals with positive people (Resilience factors 1 & 2).

  8. Plan birthday parties or other celebrations.

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