We all do it right? 

When we stress eat we’re using food to solve a problem,  The thing is, it’s a problem that food cant solve. Once you’re done stress eating…. BOOM the problems are still there. You probably feel even more crappy realizing all the foods you just ate, for pretty much nothing. 

Food can be more than just fuel for us, and turning to heavier meals or extra snacks, even when you aren’t actually hungry, can be a completely normal human response. But when emotional eating during stressful times becomes a regular habit that is getting between you and achieving your goals, then something should be done.

Let’s start by slowing down.

When you slow down and notice when you are eating foods that don’t serve your goals, question why you made those choices and how you’re feeling. Take note whether we are truly hungry, just want to eat, how your day or thoughts are and you can see how much it is impacting how much and what you’re eating. Identifying what is causing this behavior can help you decide what to do next.

When you find yourself in this state, there are few things that you can do.

 

1. Drink a glass of water.

After all, many of us don’t drink enough water anyway and can confuse signs of hunger or unmanageable stress for what is actually just thirst

 

2. Write it down.

Grabbing a notepad, not a phone or computer, but a real piece of paper, and physically writing things down can be a huge relief for someone in a stressful situation. Writing bullet points of all the things causing you stress and why. Writing down everything can clarify where the stress is coming from and can give you the perspective that eating a bowl of ice cream does not fix the problem. 

 

3. Take a 20-30 min walk.

When the urge to eat out of stress, boredom, sadness, or another emotion hits, head outside and go for a walk or run. says  Exercise releases endorphins that can stimulate relaxation, and the fresh air is also a natural stress reducer.

Most of all, be gentle with yourself when you’re experiencing emotional/stress eating. As humans you’re allowed to feel the full range of emotions. Though it may not be fun to invite those emotions to the table, working through them is something you can get better at while using these tips.