Do you overeat "comfort food" because of stress

Do you overeat “comfort food” because of stress

Stress is so commonplace that many people complain that they are constantly feeling stressed out. It’s been estimated that 90-95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of visits to doctor’s offices are for dealing with illnesses either caused by or exacerbated by stress.

Many people treat themselves for stress, but not in very positive ways. That’s what happens when you use food like a drug of choice for treating stress. There’s even a term for that type of food: comfort food.

But overeating comfort food doesn’t cure the stress. In fact, in many ways, it makes the stress worse.

  • You feel angry at yourself for pigging out, which causes the body to experience more stress
  • Overeating can make you gain weight
  • After gaining weight, you feel like you have to control your eating and go on a diet, which causes more stress
  • You can gain weight only by experiencing chronic stress, and not even by increasing the food you are eating.
  • You are not managing the stress and it can become a chronic problem that keeps you up at night with sleep disturbances; and also causing other physical and emotional problems.

There are so many suggestions for how to manage stress. But if you need to manage stress, that means that you already are experiencing stress. You are only treating the symptoms of stress, instead of the cause of the stress, also known as the “stressor”.

The absolute best way to deal with stress is to avoid experiencing it. You may think this is impossible, but it’s really your choice.

For example; if constant commuting in traffic is stressful for you, get audio books, or leave earlier for your destination, find a different job! There are always alternatives for things that bother you, but you must be willing to go through some change in order to improve your situation!

Overeating from stress can be managed in a very simple way. Before you start eating, stop and ask yourself: Am I hungry? If you can’t answer “yes”, ask yourself what emotion you are feeling that is sending you to the kitchen to eat. If you are sad, or lonely, call a friend; bored: find something to do where you can help others; angry: think about a better solution for your problem.

Just taking some time dealing with your real feelings will alleviate the stress. And you can also use the act of eating, and a relaxing, nurturing activity to lower your feeling of stress. It’s called “Mindful eating”. It’s done by focusing on your food, noticing the taste, texture, aroma and chewing slowly. No multitasking while you are eating; turn off the TV, no reading, but you can listen to enjoyable music. Use this time to think about how you are taking care and de-stressing yourself.

The Mindset Transformation program can help you change the way you eat and experience stress at the same time. No more dieting, no more deprivation, no more over-eating! It’s a change that manages stress and your weight at the same time! What have you got to lose but weight and stress!

Make-It-So-SignatureWhat is the stressor that makes you reach for comfort food?  Please comment below, and share if you’ve liked what you read! Thanks-

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