3 Tips to Avoid Stress Eating During the Holidays

When I read on the Three60fit Facebook page that the average American gains 7 - 10lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my jaw dropped… until I realized how much sense that actually makes.

I believe the two biggest culprits are stress and access.

Many of us have a lot of responsibilities to others during the holiday season. Many who have lost loved ones struggle to cope emotionally during this time. Not to mention all the shopping, planning, and traveling while still balancing the day-to-day activities of normal life.

When you combine this stress with access to instantly gratifying coping mechanisms - from the pounds of Halloween candy, to the pumpkin-flavored everything, culminating with the Christmas cookie extravaganzas?

Yeah… 7 - 10lbs sounds about right!

So with the stress that inevitably comes with the holidays and the easy access to all the delicious treats, I want to share 3 tips to avoid stress eating during the holidays.

Tip #1- Fuel Your Body Properly

If you read my last blog post, then you know that there are certain types of foods that elevate our mood hormones. During stress, these foods can give us just the emotional boost we need to cope.