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5 Situations When We Eat Stress

Food For Stress Eating

It seems that our stomach craves cake or nuts. But in fact, appetite comes with problems. And to this or that food “push” certain emotions and states.

Not everyone knows that stress is different or can explain why happiness, joy, or love do not require any snacking. But the negative and unpleasant things that we have to experience often require food compensation. Because it is the easiest, quickest, and most convenient. Although it almost always leads to “building up” excess fat. By knowing what problem and what you “eat”, you can try to compensate for it with something else that is not harmful to the figure.

You Want Black Caviar 

Or artichokes stewed in cream. Or expensive cheese.

Emotion /condition: self-pity, most likely. We feel so sorry and sympathy for ourselves, we feel so unhappy. That at least with the food we want to tell ourselves that we deserve better, more. If there is no recognition and praise from outside.

How to stop eating self-pity: praise and gifts. Anything and for anything. Ask understanding loved ones to praise you more often. Don’t be shy to be proud and even boast of their successes and achievements. And buy gifts for yourself. By yourself. For any, the most insignificant success. Suppose not diamonds and fur coats, but that you feel that you get gifts because they are worthy of it. For some, it can be a new T-shirt, and for another person, it will be a new keyboard for better gambling at National Casino or work.

You Want Everything at Once

You open the fridge, look at the contents and realize that you want borscht and pie, and an apple and a cheese sandwich.

Emotion/state: It’s probably longing. And it seems gratuitous. The same kind of food – a little of everything – is usually “asked for” by idleness, laziness, and boredom. With nothing to do, it is necessary to “fill up” the time with food. Lazy to do the things we need to do, we put them off until “after we eat. And food doesn’t run out.

The alternative: any self-actualization. It’s important that it be something that goes beyond your normal life. And bringing it variety. Think up a new hobby. Go to a movie that you thought was “not your own. Enroll in courses, useless, but interesting. In general, the first – “shake things up. Two – diversify your life. Third – fill time so that there will be no time to be homesick, bored, and lazy.

You Want Sunflower Seeds, Nuts, Chips

Carrots or a hard apple. That is, anything you can chew on in one way or another. And any other food you want to tear off in big chunks and greedily swallow.

Emotion/condition: this is usually how anger “behaves. Or frustration. Or irritation. And psychologically such “transference” is quite understandable. You’re angry at someone, you’re furious. And you want to do what? That’s right, to grab the offender with your teeth, gnaw and tear him to pieces. All physiological, primal instincts tell you to do just that. But the “swoop of civilization” makes you bite into a packet of chips.

The alternative: any active activities that allow you to relieve stress. Put on some music and dance vigorously. Beat a pillow. Or try a new sport. Just open the computer gambling “shoot” and beat all the enemies.

You Eat Too Much

You constantly plant and pour yourself more food. And it seems that there is no more “gobble”, but you continue to eat. With the thought: “Now here’s a couple more slices / spoonfuls and that’s it.

State / Emotion: this is often a manifestation of fatigue. Purely physical. When you just really have no energy for anything. And subconsciously it seems that the more you “throw in the furnace” food, the more energy and strength will appear.

In order not to overeat: if possible, go to bed. Or lie down, listening to any music that relaxes you. If there is no such possibility, just sit with your eyes closed for ten minutes. But all this not after a meal, but instead.

You Want a Piece of Sausage

Or a piece of cheese or fish. The key word here is “a piece” or “bite”. Probably a small piece. But there are a lot of them.

Condition/emotion: As a rule, “piecemeal” anxiety. You’re worried a lot about something. You don’t have enough information, and it causes this kind of nervous state, in which you want to “drown out” both food and motor skills. Breaking off and nibbling small pieces of food.

How to stop eating anxiety: try to get information that can “dispel” the anxiety. Write, call, ask. Turn your attention to something else, but serious enough to forget about what’s bothering you right now. Or promise yourself that you will think about it tomorrow. And take a relaxing bath.


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