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Your Healthy Family: Navigating emotional holiday eating, during a global pandemic

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 20:27:19-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — So how was your Thanksgiving? Even during the best of times, it can be a real challenge to maintain healthy habits through the holidays and Thanksgiving is the gateway to what can be over a month of emotional consumption of comforting, delicious, high calorie foods.

With Thanksgiving behind us, if emotional eating got the best of you this year, and you’re not happy with your food or portion choices, right now can be an excellent time of reflection that can lead to change, before the Christmas snacking and feasting begins.

Helping people who struggle with emotional eating is something Dr. Kristen Kells, D.C., B.S.c. and her staff at Dr. Kells' Weight Loss in Colorado Springs, help people with year around, but especially through the holidays.

Dr. Kells says, “Emotional eating I would say is the biggest thing that we see in the office, particularly right now.”

Dr. Kells also points out that weight gain is just one of many problems that spikes, along with holiday stress - even when we are not dealing with all that comes with a global pandemic. “No matter your faith tradition, we know that heading into the holidays is challenging. We know more heart attacks happen during the holidays, more weight gain, more suicide attempts, more depression and hospitalizations. This year the holidays are going to be different and it makes my heart hurt that we're heading into Christmas and Thanksgiving. We know that there's a lot of extra financial stressors and relationships stressors at Christmas. This year it's only going to be magnified.”

For clients at Kells’ Weight Loss Center, coping with holiday stress is a focus right now based around a proactive plan to tackle emotional eating. Dr. Kells says, “We've been working a lot with our clients, we have an emotional eating call every week with our emotional eating expert. She has been in that field for 20 plus years. We also have calls every week with our coaches and are nutritionists. We talk about what are the challenges and help our clients develop specific plans over the holidays.”

Dr. Kells and her staff, also want to help you tackle emotional eating, even if you are not a client. Dr. Kells says, “If you go to our Facebook page, I developed a holiday guide with recipes, mindset perspective shifts. We talk about traditions, and we want to have discipline with self-care around the holidays, and that's the time when self-care goes out the window.”

For Dr. Kells, the true success in discovering a healthy daily lifestyle is about more than what you put in your mouth. Dr. Kells says, “It is less about the food and more about the heart of the whole person. That's what I'm passionate about, it’s not just giving you the A-B-C-D’s, it's about learning who you are as a human being, learning how you eat, when you eat, what works for you? That's where we see real life change, not in a diet.”

When you visit the Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Facebook page, ( make sure to give it a like while you are there.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Center, and Dr. Kells' unique wellness program, you can also visit them on Facebook, or go directly to their webpage (HERE) or give them a call in Colorado Springs at 719-259-0773.

Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Center is a proud sponsor of Your Healthy Family