eating comfort food to relieve stress

Stress Causes Binge Eating

Weight issues don’t appear out of nowhere. Your body gives you all the information you need to know how much to eat, to drink and to sleep. The problem of over-eating can be because you are missing the signal that you are full if you are multi-tasking. Humans will typically over-eat when a lot of food is put in front of them. It’s just how your brain is wired from the times we lived in caves, and there were times of feast and famine. As a species, we learned to eat a lot when it was available, so we would have extra fat stores when there was times of low food availability. That’s why you over-eat when you’re at a buffet, or at Thanksgiving.

Another reason for over-eating is missing cues of satiation when you are multi-tasking- like talking to friends, reading, driving somewhere, or texting. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time, and as in the previous example, you’ll over-eat if you’re not paying attention to your body’s signals that you’ve had enough..

The other reason that people over-eat is due to stress. The food that’s chosen when you are eating from stress is even called “comfort food”! But it doesn’t comfort you, can make you gain weight and feel guilty.

One of the biggest causes of weight gain is BINGE EATING.

That’s the result of telling yourself you “shouldn’t” eat some food you love that you assume is fattening or bad for you. When you’re stressed out, that “devil food” is the thing you go for. The stress lowers your ability to continue to deny yourself. You NEED to give in to comfort your stress. Your body craves sugar, salt and fat which actually “treat” the stress! Eating those foods lowers the stress response.

What’s the best way to deal with over-eating and binging? It’s not by trying to prevent yourself from eating by fighting with your desire. That just causes more stress. The best and most effective way to deal with binge eating is by relieving stress! There are so many choices for how to lower your stress level and the resulting high cortisol levels. And believe it or not, MINDFUL EATING is one of the best ways!

Mindful eating is about paying total attention to your food, stopping multi-tasking or doing anything other than eating, and treating yourself to slow, relaxing gastronomical joyful experience. When you do that, you will be able to discern your body’s signals of being full. You end up enjoying your meal, and probably eating less. You are doing two things at a time: Stress Relief and eating what you want! That’s a win-win situation.

To learn more about how Mindful Eating can help you unintentionally lower your weight – without diet or exercising, read my book: Diet Industry Lies That Make You Gain Weight: Why Eating Less And Exercising More Is A Hoax Designed To Keep You Coming Back”. Stop dieting, relieve your stress and eat as much as you want – and end up losing weight without ever starving again!

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