Stress eating

Stress eating….The topic has come up so many times in my exam rooms this week! Now please don’t misunderstand; this is a frequent topic. But it just seems to be on everyone’s mind a bit more lately. I don’t think it’s possible to make stress eating completely go away. But what you can do is try to develop substitutes: alternate activities and different food choices. So when you are feeling overwhelmed and about to reach for your favorite junk food, instead you can remind yourself of some other “self-soothing” activites (whatever works for you: crossword puzzles, knitting, reading, walking, etc) and keep a list of foods that are healthy to snack on. And if all else fails, keep your favorite junk foods around, just in very small quantities! And if your stress is overwhelming you….don’t forget to come in so we can discuss!