Holidays Set the Stage for Emotional Eating

Photo by Tracee Davis
Photo by Tracee Davis

Holiday stress can drive a lot of people to reach for the nearest plate of comfort food. Registered dietitian at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Sarah Houghton, says people are more prone to overeat for several reasons, and a few of them are happiness and sadness.

Houghton said a big part of managing holiday weight gain is to avoid emotional eating, and the first step is to recognize whether you're really hungry.

Houghton said the best way to overcome seasonal anxiety is to maintain a regular exercise routine, even if that just equates to a short walk. The bottom line is that if you're stressed, food won't deliver satisfaction.

Tomorrow, we'll conclude our holiday food survival series by exploring the role of alcohol during the holidays.

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