Did Ya Over Eat?
There's one thing about the holidays and that is all the delicious food, The problem is all the great food and our desire to eat it...all of it.
To help rein in holiday overeating, Ms. Craggs-Dino offers these five tips:
- Get moving. “To release some of that stress, you’ll feel better if you get physical instead of eating,” Visiting a spa for a massage or manicure/pedicure also may help reduce stress. At home, try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to relax.
- Refocus your thoughts. If you’d rather not work up a sweat, she recommends refocusing your thoughts by reading, doing a word puzzle or watching a movie.
- Nourish your body to help curb cravings. Don’t skip meals, warns Ms. Craggs-Dino. “Have breakfast, lunch and dinner and healthful snacks in-between.”
- Enjoy comfort foods in moderation. “Comfort” foods often link us to happy memories while others, like dark chocolate, may affect neurotransmitters and hormones, giving us a temporary sense of euphoria. Ms. Craggs-Dino cautions that these feelings are short-lived and that we end up feeling more stressed afterward, especially if emotional eating affects our health or weight.
- It’s never too late to get back on track. If you do indulge in some stress eating, don’t panic, says Ms. Craggs-Dino. The best thing to do is to get back on schedule.