Stress Eating

Too much work to do. Just can’t get it all done. I’m tired and I need to rest, but my boss is expecting this work to be finished by tomorrow. If I don’t push myself, I’ll miss out on closing this deal (or getting a promotion, or keeping my job, or living up to my expectations). Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. As time goes on, we have more and more to do and less time to do it.

A common response is to turn to food to buffer the demands that: 1. are made on us, and 2. we make on ourselves. Food becomes a convenient and acceptable way to give ourselves a break from it all. While we’re eating, we are not thinking about all our worries and emotional responses to the overload. We’re just enjoying some time out, and rewarding ourselves for all our efforts.

However, we rarely enjoy the food while eating this way. Afterwards we put ourselves down for being out of control, or for putting on more weight. Our short-lived ‘fun’ has given us even more challenges to deal with.

How can we take time out without using food? There are so many different ways that it just depends on how much you use your imagination. You can do simple things like take a walk around the block (which can surprisingly change your whole perspective in a short time), sit and do nothing, read something funny or inspirational, call a friend whose presence is comforting, or take a breather.

Breathing is the quickest way to affect a change in your nervous system and switch your perspective. Here’s a simple method you can use.

Sit in a chair with your head, neck, and truck straight. Focus on the bridge  between the two nostrils. Feel the air going in the nose and out of the nose. Breathe comfortably, without tension or strain. You might notice that after a while your breath gets slower, which is a good thing. As you tune in to the feel of the breath, see if you can notice that the breath is a little cooler on the inhalation and a little warmer on the exhalation. This is because the air has been heated by the body before it is exhaled.

Do this for a couple of minutes. Then see if you feel more physically and mentally relaxed. Has your perspective changed? Do you feel refreshed? If so, it’s time to resume your activities. If not, you may want to breathe this way for a few more minutes. With regular practice you will be able to relax in less and less time.

It’s best to do this exercise twice a day. After a while it will become part of your regular pattern to stay aware of your breath. And with this awareness will come a more balanced and comfortable breathing pattern. At this point, some of your eating habits may reverse themselves – the more centered we are the easier it is to eat what our body really needs, and eat it at meals rather than throughout the day or night.


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 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to


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