Happy Holidays! If you are getting more holiday stress than holiday cheer this year (and I know many of you are!) try just saying no to non-essential holiday obligations. By reducing stress you will also have a much easier time watching your weight over the holidays because stress tends to:
1. increase your appetite.
2. exaggerate cravings for sweets and starches.
3. interfere with sleep (better sleep means easier weight loss.)
4. make your blood sugar levels less stable (making it harder to lose weight.)
So take time for yourself this season, even if you have to let a few things slide. Just say no to holiday obligations that will be more trouble than they are worth. One of the best gifts you can give your friends and family is a happier, healthier, more relaxed you !