Managing The Holiday Stress
So here's the truth.
Holidays can be hard on your diet.
They can be hard on your wallet.
And they can be a travesty for your mental health.
Oh, and don't forget the potential for little sleep, family, obligations and coming down with "something" you picked up from all the hustle and bustle.
So here's 5 ways you can avoid holiday stress eating and just simply allow yourself some TLC during this busy holiday season!
1. Find a stress-reducing activity
Go for a long walk by yourself, take a bike ride with your children or challenge a friend to a game of basketball. You’ll feel better if you get physical instead of eating to release some of that stress.. Alternatively, you could try activities that are soothing and will restore peace of mind, such as getting a massage or a manicure/pedicure. At home, try yoga, meditation or simple, deep breathing to relax.
2. Engage your brain
Choose an activity that requires brain power to refocus your thoughts on something else besides food. Read, do a crossword puzzle, watch a movie, or engage in your fave hobby. You might consider talking with a close friend or family member, because this kind of emotional support can reduce stress, too.
3. Eat healthy food and stay on schedule
If you skip meals, your hunger may overwhelm you and cause you to lose control and overeat! And make sure the food you do eat is healthy and naturally filling with fiber. Treats are OK, if they are in small portions. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner and healthful snacks in-between.High-fiber alternatives such as whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies can keep cravings at bay. Eat sweet treats in moderation and never when you’re hungry — that just leads to overeating.
4. Enjoy comfort foods in moderation
When we feel stressed, it’s easy to turn to comfort foods, such as cookies, chips, ice cream. They often link us to happy memories while others, like dark chocolate, may affect neurotransmitters and hormones, giving us a temporary sense of euphoria. These feelings are short-lived, and we may end up feeling more stressed afterward, especially if emotional eating affects our health or weight. We believe that almost all foods can play a healthy role in our diets in moderation — if we keep the emotional attachment away from the food. You can even make a comfort food like mac and cheese healthier by using lower-fat ingredients and watching portion size.
5. If you slip, get back on track
If you do indulge in some stress eating, don’t panic, rebuke yourself or give up. The best thing to do is to get back on schedule. Go to bed at the usual time, get up at the usual time, eat breakfast, go exercise and don’t overindulge the rest of the week. Make a healthier lifestyle a goal, she suggests, and begin by keeping track of your food intake and exercise.
6. TAKE YOUR MULTI-VITAMIN 💊
Holidays can be hard. They can crush your wallet. They can derail your diet. They can throw you off your game. Not to mention it’s dark and cold outside ... All of this can lead to stress levels your body isn’t able to handle. You gotta fortify yourself. Here’s my simple suggestion 👇