6 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Treats
Eating your feelings in good times more than bad? Reach for these healthier swaps for your favorite "I'm celebrating!" treats
Surprisingly, a recent study out of the Netherlands proves that we may have it all wrong. Emotional eating has long been linked with negative feelings (depression, loneliness, and anxiety), but Dutch researchers found that emotional eaters (about 75 percent of us) are more likely to overeat when they're happy. Yep, all the celebratory toasts and "Job well done!" dinners are also contributing to the obesity epidemic. The problem is these often social settings only make us more likely to over-indulge. When you're in a good mood, it's hard to step on the brakes and realize that you're overdoing it. Think celebratory drinks after a big promotion, cupcakes at the office for a co-worker's birthday, or endless plates of fries after your hometown sports team takes home the championship title.
Now, we're not against indulging once in a while, but if you're worried about sabotaging your diet, completely falling off the wagon, or simply want to work toward a healthier lifestyle, it's a good idea to have some healthier options up your sleeve. To help you stay on track, even during the best of times, we rounded up some nutritionist-approved swaps that you can make for the usual "I'm celebrating!" treats.
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