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Holidays and Celebrations

S: 20st0lb C: 16st7lb G: 12st12lb BMI: 36.2 Loss: 3st7lb(17.5%)
(from an e-newsletter I get; thought it might be of interest)

Are you dreading what the next month might do to your weight? Are you stressed about everything you need to plan and do? Are you wishing that the season wouldn't start so soon? If so, you're not alone. But just a few tips can help you keep things in perspective in the month to come.

The holidays can be a special time of a year, a time for connecting with family members, and for relaxing. But for many, it can also be a time for overeating, binge eating, and stressful family interactions that simply lead to more overeating. A few things that can arm you for the month ahead are preparing for them in advance. Cutting back on calories in the days before holiday parties or celebrations can balance out a little overindulging on the actual day. Adding in walks this month can help to dial down stress, keep you trim, and give you the time and space to remember the reason for the season. Just a few minutes to breathe fresh air and contemplate the blessings in your life can take the focus away from food and put it back on gratitude. And lastly, knowing how certain people, situations, and feelings affect your eating patterns can make you understand what you're feeling instead of just mindlessly eating to stuff unknown or uncomfortable feelings down. For example, holiday parties might make you anxious or bring up feelings of loneliness. By taking our free emotional eating profile (CLICK HERE) before the month of celebrating gets in full gear, you'll have some preliminary tools that will help you see the emotional dynamics that lead to your holiday overeating. Having a lot of delicious food accessible is only one part of why people overeat during the holidays. The other part is because holidays evoke so many complicated emotions. By having an awareness of what those emotions are you'll be better equipped for making clear-headed decisions about what, and how much you eat.
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