• Emotional Eating

  • Keeping emotional eating at bay over the holidays. 

  • "Comfort food is a way many of us manage emotions because it does make us feel better for a short period of time," says Andrea Bon-Wilson, MA, LPC, CAC II. "Stress, including holiday stress, automatically causes most human beings to crave high energy food or comfort food. (We don't crave carrots, lettuce and celery with nothing on them after a difficult day.) These carbohydrates are a powerful antidepressant which make it difficult to lose weight and stay on a diet."

    Tips for managing emotions without food:

    • Awareness. Be aware of when you eat when you are not hungry. Are you eating out of habit, while driving, on the computer or watching TV.
    • Try not to eat while you are busy doing something else. When you do eat, eat mindfully and enjoy. Stop when you are full. 
    • Do I eat when I am bored, anxious, frustrated, down and/or depressed or angry? If you are having this feelings or even feeling overwhelmed with holiday stress, calm down by taking a walk, or doing something pleasurable that is not about consumption of food or beverage.
    • Holidays aren't always full of friends and family. If you are feeling lonely or down, activity and exercise can help lift your mood.
    • Work on having positive thoughts and know that bad moods don't last.
    • Manage your stress and take care of yourself.
    • Many people are self medicating a clinical depression may self-medicate with food.If you are stuck in an emotion, depressed or irritable daily, seek professional help.
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