Week 9: Stress Eating: The Whys and Wherefores
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Today, I wouldn’t call myself a stress or emotional eater, but I am a want-to-stress/emotional-eat person who cheats occasionally. The last year has taught me not to indulge in certain comfort foods when I’m stressed, but I want to. Oh, I could at the drop of a hat and have cheated.
Bing search had 36,400,000 results for stress or emotional eating this morning.
Google had about 514,000,000 results.
From Very Well Fit:
“Stress Eating and How to Overcome It”
Stress eating is consuming food in response to your feelings, especially when you are not hungry. Stress eating is also sometimes called emotional eating. Emotional eating means that your emotions — not your body — dictate when and how much you eat.
Some stress eaters binge when they are sad or confused. For others, eating can be a way of avoiding thinking about problems or taking the action required to solve them.” Jennifer R. Scott, Medically reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD,
Updated August 10, 2018.
The article talks about signs, how to stop or control stress eating, and more.
It used to be, I’d grab a chocolate candy bar or chips, or better yet, both. I love Pringles®, and chips and chocolate together. I love chips. I love French fries. I want French fries. (My editor would die over all those repeats.)
There’s something about the crunch, salt, and fat that has a payoff when stressed.
What about apples? They’re crunchy? Shrugging.
Off topic, but sometimes when I go out for lunch, the server will ask if I want fries. I tell him or her yes if she/he could bring me one. No one has brought me “one” yet. I’m serious. Stressed or not, I want “one.”
Then there are carbs and sweets. Give me a damn loaf of Italian bread and butter. Oh, dear sugar, how I love you when I’m stressed…er, how I used to love you. Wait, no, I still do.
Chocolate, apple pie, and carrot cake was, and sometimes is, a go-to for a taking-the-stress-away sweet emotional reward. Now, I
can’t shouldn’t have any of the above.
I’m no different from anyone else. A good quarter-pounder from you know where would make me happy, and in the old days, I’d indulge when I didn’t want to deal with issues happening in my life. Therefore, I admit I’m a wanna-be stress eater who cheats on occasion but not with quarter pounders.
How bout you? Does stress drive you to eat?
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