With the merry of the Christmas week and the happiness of the New Year comes in an awful lot of guilt and anxiety about the food choices we make. Desserts, baked and fried goodies and that delicious piece of pie surely come with a lot of guilt of overeating – ruining your present diet and your gym and pilates progress.
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But more than this, the anxiety of binge eating and the guilt thereafter is harmful to your health, according to a report in the Fortune.
The report which quotes an eating disorder therapist also lists some of the troubles that we can go through because of this –
Increased amount of cortisol in the blood
Stressful events can elevate cortisol levels in the blood for prolonged periods. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration.
When we feel anxious about certain foods, it leads to an increase in our cortisol levels. Increased cortisol can lead to increased anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, sleep problems, and heart disease.
Simply put, it is easier to let yourself enjoy the holiday meals rather than increasing the chances of certain diseases.
Its time to connect with family – don’t ruin it
Holidays are the time to connect with family and friends and about spending quality time with those you love but if you find yourself stressing too much about overeating, you are taking away precious mental energy that can be used to connect with your dear ones.
A Harvard Medical School study found out there is a strong correlation between having strong relationships and leading a fulfilling life. Our relationships have a vast impact on our overall health and well-being.
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Don’t let it impact your mental health
Feeling anxiety or shame about overeating can have a highly detrimental impact on your state of mind. Instead, try and be compassionate with yourself. You wouldn’t eat so much otherwise or on usual days, so give yourself that space to enjoy the holiday time.
Overeating at one meal—or even a few meals—is not going to have a significant impact on your overall health. In fact, restricting yourself for that big fat dinner or that mega party may lead to subsequent overeating which you wouldn’t want.