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As we're smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, I thought it would be a good time to talk about eating not because you're hungry, but because you're under stress. This is one time of year when pressures are high and food is abundant – a potential recipe for dietary disaster.
I've always found that I eat more during the holidays for two reasons: One, there's plenty of tempting food all around, and two, there's usually a little extra pressure from one source or another. It could be from family drama, work or just the pressure that comes along with entertaining. The source doesn't really matter — when the stakes are high, the cookies start calling my name.
Although there's a little comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one who succumbs to stress eating from time to time, it's not a healthy habit. According to 2007 research published in the journal Nutrition, stress induced eating is one likely factor that contributes to obesity.
But in any case, eating isn't a good way to deal with stress. Around the holidays, it can be helpful to create an action plan for dealing with stress.
Here's what my plan looks like:
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!