Five Tips on Stopping Stressed Eating
March 18, 2020 6 Comments
I am seriously stressed out and I know I've got some company. That is not me in the photo, but I feel this woman's pain.
My kids are home from school, I am trying to work, and I can’t stop the fear that grips my heart periodically for the people who are getting sick.
And, I feel exhausted. So, what do you think I have been doing? Chocolate, mashed potatoes, red wine, more chocolate, cookies, sausages, pie..........burp.
This particular situation is quite stressful for all of us and we deserve some treats. Now, I am going to give myself a little break here for not grabbing a salad, but I will have to slow down on the chow if I want to fit into my jeans.
I don't think the problem of "Eating While Stressed" is a big problem if it happens once in a while. But, if you do it every day the extra calories can create, well, stress!
If you can tune into your body and realize that you are eating to SOOTHE yourself instead of feeding real hunger, you could lose a ton of weight without a real diet.
So, how do you soothe yourself if food is your favorite source of pleasure?
1. Close your eyes and think of something that gives you pleasure........What was it? For me, it is the sound of my children's laughter (I know that sounds corny).
I decided that I am going to make a recording on my iPod and play it when I am hungry for the wrong reasons.
2. Remove the foods that you eat for self-soothing from EASY reach. Leave those foods at the supermarket (you know which ones I am talking about).
When you reach for them and they are not there - you will become aware of the reason for your desire to munch. Perhaps you can solve the stress in a different way?
3. Change your life so you are less stressed. HA! That was so easy to write in a sentence, but so hard to do. Take it little step by little step. For example, listening to the news every hour on the hour is stressful so do less of it. You can check in once a day and get a summary. Stop hitting refresh!!
4. Go give someone in your house a hug. This is a touchy feeling answer and perhaps not possible - but to me there is nothing more soothing than a hug. Also, petting your dog or cat is a great idea instead of opening the refrigerator.
If there is no one around who is worthy of hug then close your eyes and imagine a hug from someone that deeply cares about you.
5. Read the book below: 50 Ways To Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers. Keep this book in your kitchen and grab IT before you grab something else. There are a bunch of creative soothing ideas in this book.
How do you deal with "stress eating"?
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