It’s an exciting time for those of you who are in a sorority! Other than Bid Day and Initiation, for many new members getting a Big is the best part of the new member process. And for older sisters, taking a Little is something they’ve been looking forward to all semester. During Big/Little Reveal, the Big showers their Little with a week of surprises, ranging from canvasses and cards, to T-shirts and mugs, and a giant basket of candy and snacks.
It’s the basket of candy and snacks that I would like to address. Of course all foods, including sweets and treats, are fine in moderation. As a dietitian, I hear stories from my clients about the abundance of M&M’s, Hershey minis, Skittles, gummies, cookies and chips. It’s a great week for those who can moderate their portions. For the rest of us, whew! Imagine coming back to your (very small) dorm room after a long day, after finishing a tough quiz, missing lunch, missing your dog, and the first thing you see is a giant basket of your favorite sweets and snacks. This is likely to lead to overeating or binge eating for many. You see the problem?
My advice to loving Bigs: fill the baskets with more than just sweets. Think markers, note cards, candles and letters. How about essential oils or soothing body wash? Or hair extensions and glitter for Socials? Start the beginning of this special sisterhood by showing her how much you care by not setting her up for potential over/binge eating!
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.