Binge Eating is a common practice during the holiday season. As so many holiday practices centre around food, it becomes difficult to control what you eat and how much of it you consume. It becomes especially difficult when children are involved as they are constantly being offered desserts and sweet treats through the course of every gathering – be it with friends or with family.
The first and most simple way in which to curb unhealthy holiday binge eating is to at least ensure healthy food is being cooked and consumed at home. It becomes very easy to fall into the black hole of ordering in food or cooking fast food while at home during the holidays. However, keep in mind that the food cooked at home is one thing you can control. Counter all the unhealthy eating with lots of salads, homemade soups and fresh juices. This will help counteract all the unhealthy and binge eating done during this season.
For adults, a large part of binge eating is rooted in stress and fatigue. Having extended family over during the holidays can be anxiety inducing. It is crucial to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. This will help reduce fatigue and in turn reduce the need to counter exhaustion with food.
A great way to counter fatigue is also to maintain your exercise regime. Since the weather is beautiful this time of year, take advantage of it by taking walks and spending time at the park. Involve the entire family in this activity to make sure everyone is getting enough exercise. You can turn it into a fun outing and carry along a football and badminton rackets. Neither you, nor your children will feel as though they are being “forced” into exercising.
Take a time out from being the perfect host. Take a break from running errands and waiting on guests hand and foot. This time will help you take a breather from every day activities and reduce the sensation of feeling overwhelmed. It is easy to turn to food when feeling stressed and overburdened by social activities.
Maintain a balance between healthy and unhealthy food. The goal here is not to ban yourself from any unhealthy foods. It is ensure that you are not stress or binge eating and countering an increased food consumption with healthy alternatives. This is a season to celebrate, but it is also important to do so responsibly.