Many of us indulge in stress eating.
We eat when we are angry, upset, or rushed.
We eat mindlessly, without paying attention to what or how we eat.
Thus we gulp our food, eat too much, and don’t digest it well.
This leads to all kinds of stress related physical symptoms.
So how can we reduce stress eating habits?
Share your food.
Eating with family and friends can be an important part of nourishing ourselves.
“Breaking bread” with those we love encourages communication, and deep supportive relationships. Eating regular meals with family, often helps build traditional personal core values and reduces stress.
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This means, pay attention to what you are eating. Some ways to avoid meal time distractions include: turn off the TV, turn off the radio and turn on the phone answering machine.
Pay attention to how you feel after eating.
Does your body feel good with the meal you just ate? If you do eat with awareness you will notice an automatic “feed-back” loop that starts to tell you what diet and foods work best for your body.
Create a food journal.
Many people find it helpful to create a food journal. In your food journal write down everything you eat each day. Also write down how you felt afterward. This surprisingly simple discipline can help you become more aware of your food and create healthier food habits.
Often we eat out of habit or emotional desire rather than from genuine hunger. Sometimes the “inner child” in us is looking for comfort, even though the “adult” in us knows better. This adds many unnecessary and unhealthy pounds to our bodies. Dr. David R. Hawkins suggests...
"When the 'inner child' goes to eat, consider having a sign on your refrigerator door that says 'Adults only'.”
Before eating ask yourself:
Stress eating habits often come from thinking of food as a source of love, or happiness. But food is only food. It is a source of nutrition for our bodies. Avoid emotional eating.
Your true happiness can be found within your own Self, not in breakfast, lunch or dinner.
When upset, try drinking a warm cup of herb tea, or even a glass of pure water instead of eating. Often we think we’re hungry, but we’re actually thirsty. Warm water or herb tea can be very soothing without excess calories.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals or snacks when we are hungry is very reassuring to our bodies and can help to keep our blood sugar more stable.
A more stable blood sugar helps reduce stress.
Plan ahead. Have an abundance of healthy food and snacks on hand so you are less tempted to eat the “omnipresent” convenient “junk food”.
Try carrying a small container of fresh fruit or vegetables in your purse or brief case when traveling. The sense of freshness of even simple choices like baby carrots, celery pieces, apple slices or grapes can really refresh a weary traveler stuck in traffic, or on a plane. Whole grains and unrefined carbohydrates can also be a healthy snack.
The above recommendations will reduce stress eating habits.
They will promote good digestion and good health.
They will nourish you and help provide you with the strength and resiliency to meet life’s challenges more easily.
But there is more to the picture...
People in different parts of the world can be very healthy eating different kinds of food. When it comes to correcting a habit of stress eating, there is no single “right answer” or “perfect diet” for all people.
A healthy diet for stress relief will depend on many things, and will vary from person to person. The proper diet for you will depend on many factors including:
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Some foods are just naturally more supportive of good health.
A healthy diet for stress relief, and carefully chosen stress relief foods can help us feel lots better.
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