Managing Holiday Blues



Post-Holiday Blues Causes (and How to Beat Them)

“We get into this mindset of, 'I have to try this, or that, or everything,'" says Lauren Graf, R.D., of the Montefiore Medical Center's Cardiac Wellness Program. “We overindulge either because we feel pressured to put everything on our plate or because we feel we’ve blown it anyway—it’s the holidays, let’s just eat junk.”

When we relinquish this self-control, we set ourselves up for failure. Not only do we feel a wave of post-binge guilt, Graf says, but we spike our insulin levels when we overeat. The higher those insulin levels go, the more drastically our blood sugar crashes in the hours after a meal. And that leaves us tired, moody, irritable, and hankering for even more sugar. Do this for too many days in a row and you risk “resetting your palate to crave extra-sweet items,” says Graf, “rather than appreciating the taste of healthier foods, like fruits and veggies.”

Even worse? “The stress of regulating blood sugar during mega-consumptions of junk food can depress our immune systems,” says Justine Campbell, R.D., a holistic nutrition therapy practitioner. Cue yet another mental and physical stressor—not to mention a major impediment to post-holiday motivation and happiness.

Pulling your diet back toward healthy foods will help pull your mood back into alignment as well, but there are pitfalls with doing a fast-and-furious food-180 (more on that below).






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