Mindless eating isn't just caused by stress. It's a little-known fact that good feelings can also prompt you to overeat. Holiday nibbling may actually be a way of holding on to blissful emotions like watching your kids' faces light up as they decorate the tree. Eating, unfortunately, can quickly turn from pleasure to discomfort.
The One-Minute Fix: If you love decorating the tree or hanging wreathes, buy an evergreen scented candle. Save it. Only light it when you have a food craving. Smelling, unlike your other senses, directly taps into the brain structures that mediate emotions. Thus, a pleasant holiday scent is your best bet for creating calorie-free good feelings.
Holiday stress is like airplane turbulence. It's inevitable, sometimes the ride is bumpier than others, and you have to find a healthy way to cope with it while it lasts. This season, help yourself truly enjoy the holidays by conquering emotional overeating with a few simple, one-minute techniques.
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Dr. Susan Albers is a licensed psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops internationally. She has written many books, including 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.
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