Dr Oz: Emotional Eating During the Holidays
The holidays can be a stressful time, and for some, this can mean triggers for Emotional Eating. Dr Oz and his best friend, Dr Michael Roizen, teamed up to share some advice with real women who are struggling with these types of food issues.
Dr Oz: Types of Emotional Eaters
There are two main types of Emotional Eaters, according to Dr Roizen. He said the first is those who are stressed out to the breaking point, who end up using food to cope with that. This can lead to weight gain and negative self-image.
The second group gives up on self-control during the holidays, which means that there are five or 10 extra pounds to fight against in January, once the celebrations are over.
Dr Oz: Holiday Emotional Eating Triggers
Christina, a single mother, said that one of her triggers is seeing other families together at the holidays. “It really strikes a nerve in my heart,” she said, admitting that her indulgence is baked goods, which she is constantly preparing at this time of year.
As a wife and stay-at-home mom, Dee finds the holidays stressful, because of all the extra cooking and travel that can be involved.
Dr Mike Roizen: 4 Ways to Beat Emotional Eating
Dr Mike Roizen shared a four-point plan on Dr Oz’s show that can help you curb these triggers and symptoms in your own life.
Reestablish a positive relationship with food every morning. Though you are probably rushing to get your day started, you can automate your food by going for whole grain cereal, steel-cut oats, or whole grain peanut butter and strawberries.
Wean off mindless eating. There is always plenty of food around this time of year, and grabbing a handful can be mindless and unintentional. Try counting to 50 to see whether you actually want a snack. Then choose pickles, celery, air-popped popcorn, watermelon or frozen grapes.
Double your lean protein. Protein is what can keep us hungry, but Dr Roizen said that you should not go shopping or to a party on an empty stomach. Have some lean protein to stay full and satisfied; you could even get away with having a double serving this time of year.
Moving & memories. Start a new family tradition this year. Exercise as a family, and take a short walk before and after a big deal, which gives you the chance to continue the conversation but get moving. Or challenge your kids to jumping rope.