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EP290 You Asked: How Do I Stop Stress Eating?

One of our most asked questions is: How do I stop stress eating? We have the answer! But we also have the anti-answer. Confused? Stress eating is absolutely a behavior that we can exhibit in an unbalanced way, but it’s also NOT an unnatural behavior or something that makes you broken. Guess what..turning to food as a form of comfort or joy is completely NORMAL! Let’s identify our individual feelings instead of putting them all in the stress bucket. Only then can we use our tools to deal with them instead of reaching for that bag of chips every time. 

Are you stressed? Or are you bored, or sad, or angry or anxious? You can plan for these emotions and respond with go-to tools. Food can certainly help but don’t let it be your only response. And there are several players in this game: gender, genetics, social conditioning, metabolism, gut health, to name a few. So stop blaming your willpower! It’s not that simple. And remember: you always deserve food. If you make it a big deal in your mind that’s FAR more damaging than what you binged. So be kind and serve yourself a healing helping of coping mechanisms.

(00:00:00) Introduction

(00:13:36) The shame, disassociation and misinformation surrounding stress eating

(00:19:22) Normalizing food as comfort and making sure it’s not the only tool for stress relief

(00:24:16) Pause to identify your feelings and the discomfort you are looking to avoid

(00:29:30) The science behind why people stress eat

(00:37:42) Identifying balanced coping mechanisms when dealing with stressful events

(00:40:20) The role gender, genetics and social conditioning plays

(00:49:20) Mindful eating, the experience of food and dopamine

(00:54:54) Rachael’s set it and forget it tools for responding to her named feelings

(01:02:18) Kelsea’s challenge to you right now to identify your coping mechanisms

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