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3 Tips to Avoid Holiday Binge Eating and Not Feel the Guilt

 

Though the holidays can be a wonderful time spent with loved ones, often obligations pile up and we are either at home or at a party or family gathering and are presented with food, everywhere! Our emotions can also get in the way as family tension rises, leading to emotional overeating. This constant binge eating often leads to low energy, mood swings, and weight gain. To avoid holiday binge eating, consider these 3 holiday eating tips and self-nurturing ideas to make healthy choices:

  1. Give yourself a supportive pep talk during any event.

You probably already know the holiday office party will feature a six-course meal, and an open bar, so plan ahead to help you avoid temptation. If you have a major sweet tooth, for example, bring a healthy satisfying dessert and remind yourself of your personal goals throughout the evening. As needed, repeat to yourself: “I may be tempted, but I am in control. I’ve got this!.” 


2. Set yourself up for success and focus on special details instead of        caloric meals and treats.

Holiday foods tend to be heavier than most meals, as they’re commonly made with rich ingredients like white sugar or heavy whipping cream. Before heading out to a special holiday event, enjoy a salad packed with fibrous greens and protein to save hunger pangs and help you avoid consuming fat-laden foods. Instead of focusing on the meal and drinks served throughout the night, truly savour the company, decorations, and spirited atmosphere.

3. Maintain healthy sleep and monitor your emotions.

Fatigue and stress can foster overconsumption, so it’s important to get adequate sleep and stay in tune with your feelings. Without a good night's sleep, the hormones that regulate hunger; leptin and ghrelin, can overstimulate the appetite, causing you to reach for foods that may satisfy a craving but won’t satiate your stomach. Additionally, try to begin and end each day by checking in with yourself. If you are overwhelmed about an upcoming work deadline or feel anxious about the small talk you’ll have to make during your partner’s holiday office shindig, take a moment to recognise the healthy habits you’re forming and give yourself praise for choosing to focus on your well-being this holiday season. You will reap the many benefits and besides that just think you don’t have to go through the uncomfortable feelings and lack of sleep or the feelings of guilt, often caused by overeating.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Today say to yourself over and over “I am in control of my own health, i’ve got this!” and know you’re worth it!

Yours in health and happiness,

Beth Cook 

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