Do you find yourself eating more when you’re feeling stressed? You’re not alone.
Stress eating is a common problem that many people struggle with. In this blog post, we will discuss the following questions:
We’ll also provide some helpful tips and tricks that will make it easier for you to manage your stress levels!
What is stress eating and what are the causes?
Emotional eating from stress is a common problem that many people struggle with. It occurs when a person eats in response to stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to stress eating, including:
-A busy or stressful lifestyle
-Unhealthy coping mechanisms
-Poor nutrition habits
-A history of disordered eating
If you find yourself eating because of stress on a regular basis, I want to know that’s okay too! It doesn’t make us terrible people or anything–we’re only human after all and sometimes life gets exhausting. Especially if we aren’t getting enough restful sleep.
On the other hand, if managing stress-eating sounds like something worth working towards then go ahead; but please keep in mind this might take time. So be kind to yourself and be patient.
How to identify if you are a stress eater
There are a few key signs that you may be a stress eater. If you find yourself eating in response to emotions, not hunger, then that is one sign.
Another sign is if you find that your eating habits have changed in response to a stressful event or period in your life. For example, if you find yourself overeating when you’re going through a tough time, that could be a sign of stress eating.
The effects of stress eating on your body
Food always has been and will continue to be one of life’s greatest pleasures.
“Stress eating” might be appropriate if:
– After a long day at work, a glass of wine with some cheese can help you relax.
– To celebrate the weekend, you have a takeaway on Friday night.
– The week is feeling long, but it’s not over yet. “Mexican Mondays” might help you make it to Friday.
The important thing here is that we are making a choice. We are choosing to deal with our stress or anxiety by eating. If we do this on purpose, we can stop feeling guilty about emotional eating.
Food can be okay as a reward, as long as it’s something that we control, and not the food itself.
Stress eating can have a variety of effects on your body, both physically and emotionally. But obviously, there is a limit to how much we can use stress eating before it becomes unhelpful.
Physically, too much stress eating can lead to weight gain and obesity. It can also contribute to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes. Emotionally, stress eating can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety. It can also lead to emotional eating disorders such as binge eating disorders.
How to stop stress eating
If you want to improve your stress eating, there are a few things that have worked really well with our Personal Training clients that you can try. First, try to identify the triggers that cause you to stress eat.
During an episode of stress eating, it’s important to ask:
– What am I doing?
– What am I feeling? (Both physically and emotionally)
– What am I thinking about?
– What time is it?
– Where am I?
– Who am I with?
Also, gauging these at different times can be helpful too.
How is your stress looking:
– An hour or two before the eating episode?
– Right before it?
– During it?
– Right after it?
The most important thing about this process is that we don’t give ourselves any judgement. Whatever pattern emerges from your notes, it’s okay- as long as there are no signs of self-harm or eating disorders. If you find signs of self-harm or eating disorders then seek help from the awesome charity Beat Eating Disorders.
Tips for dealing with stressful situations without turning to food
There are a few things you can do to deal with stressful situations without turning to food. Once you know what your triggers are, you can start to choose an alternative, more helpful, response. The Active Recovery Cheat Sheet is a list of things you can do to de-stress and help minimise the risk of over eating when stressed. You can access this cheat sheet by clicking the button below!
For example, you could…
– try to take some time for yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to relax and breathe.
– try to stay active. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress levels.
– make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sleep is essential for managing stress levels.
Stress eating is common, but it doesn’t have to be your norm. If you are struggling with overeating when stressed, know that you are not alone. Remember, you are not a bad person if you stress eat, you are human.ACTIVE RECOVERY CHEAT SHEET
If you need any help along the way with your stress eating, we are here for you.
We offer two different paths to continue with Health by Science:
#1) Our Online Coaching program: this coaching program is for busy people who want help making better food choices, staying accountable, and getting healthier. We know how to help people recognize and address the habit of “stress eating.” You can schedule a free call with our team so we can get to know you and see if our coaching program is right for you.
#2) Join one of our FREE 5-day challenges – this is a great option if you want to try something quick and manageable with the accountability and support from our coaches.
#3) Download our Active Recovery Cheat Sheet using the link below. If you’re looking for a way to improve your stress response and reduce stress eating, look no further than the Active Recovery Cheat Sheet! This cheat sheet is packed with tips and tricks to help you stay on track when things get tough. From learning how to meditate to managing your time better, the Active Recovery Cheat Sheet has everything you need to take control of your stress levels. And best of all, it’s free!
You can schedule a free call with our Personal Training team so we can get to know you and see if our coaching program is right for you. Whichever option you choose, we can help you create a plan that works for you and helps you break the cycle of emotional eating once and for all.
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