How to Stop Stress Eating For Good

Evelyn

Do you Stress Eat?

I have been known to stuff a cookie, or two, or five, in my mouth when I was frustrated.

I have also been known to down a couple of glasses of wine and top them off with a slice of cake when I was feeling emotional!

It took me a loooong time to realize what I was doing…

I was feeding my emotions rather than dealing with them!

So, what did I do about it?

That’s the hard part.

I had to first realize that I wasn’t allowing myself to feel what I had to feel.  And that caused more long-term problems than I could have anticipated.

I was literally numbing myself, in the same way that people use drugs and alcohol, except my drug of choice was food.

When I wasn’t eating my emotions, I was masking them with sarcasm and wit.

Keep reading to find out what worked for me.

Step One: I Started Listening to Podcasts

Initially, I listened because I respected the person who recommended them, but they really made me do some serious reflection! I wasn’t even aware of what I was doing to myself and how much I was holding back in my relationships because I didn’t allow myself to feel.

I equated vulnerability with weakness: What a mistake!

At the bottom of this blog post, I have recommended my favorite podcasts for you to check out!

Step Two: Journaling

It was such a relief to get my thoughts down on paper.

I was able to process what I was going through with much more clarity.

And the greatest lesson for me was realizing that I was making things worse in my head.

Writing my thoughts or saying them out loud felt scary, but also provided such a sense of empowerment and healing.

Step Three: I Found a Healthier Way to Relieve Stress

It took time but I found that my most effective ways to handle stress are:

  • Sit with the discomfort of the feeling and remind myself that the situation is temporary.
  • List what I can and cannot control about the stressor.  Then focus on what I can control.
  • Call my best friend and talk it out, or sit with my husband and talk it out, once the kids are in bed 😊
  • Walk on the treadmill or take a leisure walk outside.  It naturally reduces stress and allows you to get more focused on your movement and your breathing.  You can literally feel the tension release!
  • My favorite…… Lift Heavy Weights!  There is something so insanely therapeutic about lifting heavy shit!  You let go of the stress and become this badass version of your formerly stressed-self.

I still eat cookies, but only when I want to, not because I’m trying to shut down some emotion! 😊

Check out my Favourite Listens to Prevent Stress Eating:

Audible:

“The Power of Vulnerability” by Dr. Brene Brown  It literally changed my life.  

Podcasts:

“The Best Life Podcast” by Jill Coleman and Danny J

“Super Soul Sunday” by Oprah Winfrey

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