Are you torn between going to your parents' house and your in-laws' for Thanksgiving? Fearful that someone will be hurt? The impossible task of trying to please everyone can lead to excessive mindless munching. Spending time with relatives who know how to push your buttons is another infamous trigger of emotional eating.
The One-Minute Fix: Holiday comedies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation are popular for a good reason. These movies depict, in a humorous way, the not-so-jolly aspects of the season. Instead of making a beeline to the kitchen when your mother calls for the fifth time, close your eyes for a moment. Picture yourself sitting in a movie theater watching your personal holiday comedy play out in front of you. Observing the situation from a distance can lessen the intensity of your feelings. It can also help you detach from the situation. Call a friend. Share your holiday comedy. It is sure to bring mutual laugher and distraction.