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Reduce Holiday Stress Eating

Simple holiday advice to curb stress eating

Here is some last minute holiday advice. Remember this simple mantra: the 3 M’s. Move, Minimize and be Mindful.  Repeat to yourself!

1. Move: The holidays give ample time for more movement. Set up holiday activities that move you away from the table, such as walking down the street caroling, flag football, a snow ball fight, ice skating, snow angles, and shoveling snow. These activities can get your heart rate up to help you cope with stress and avoid overeating.  Distraction can go a long way.

2. Minimize: Keep it simple. You don’t have to go overboard on presents and food. Whenever you have a task ahead, ask yourself how to keep it simple—use gift bags instead of wrapping and buy pre-chopped veggies instead of cutting them up yourself.  Stress reduction doesn't have to be complex either. Taking 5 deep, slow breathes can significanty reduce your heart rate.  Or, try a simple yoga pose to recenter.

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3. Mindful: Be mindful of each bite. Each bite counts. It’s fine to enjoy holiday treats as long as you eat them slowly and are mindful of your portion size. Let “Eat, Drink & Be Mindful” be your mantra.

 

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Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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