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Overcoming Binge Eating When Stressed

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Do you feel like you resort to binge eating when you’re stressed?

For many of us, periods of stress are a time when we can make rash decisions.

And one of these rash decisions can be towards our diet.

You get home from the office, stressed to the eyeballs and you just say ‘feck it’.

The cupboards start getting opened and anything constituting ‘junk food’ emerges.

Few hours later, you’re a bloated mess stretched on the couch.

You start to feel the guilt after binge eating.

You know it’s of no benefit to your health and fitness goals.

But you’ve somehow just built an association of junk food with stress.

It seems to be your coping mechanism to give yourself a lift when under stress, be it emotional or work related.

But is there anything you can do to work on it?

Overcoming Binge Eating When Stressed

I’d love to say there’s a magic fix, but there’s not.

It’s a matter of persistence and consistency.

First Step – become more aware of yourself.

When you’re stressed, begin to pay attention to what’s driving your emotions and cravings.

Simply just taking note of what you crave or want when stressed is a way of realising what you use to cope when stressed.

Once you highlight it, you can work on it.

Second Step – keep the cupboards clear.

Okay, not completely bare, but just move away from stocking junk food in the house.

If it’s in the house, then it’s going to get eaten. Simple.

When stressed, it’s very easy to drop into a period of self destruction.

A state when you simply don’t care because right now you’re not thinking straight.

You need a release and that may mean a binge on chocolate or even beer.

So removing those from the house reduces temptation.

Third Step – exercise.

Over time, build up a positive way in which you can deal with stress.

For me, sticking in earphones and going for a long walk by the sea always clears my head.

By the time I get back to the car, most of the small stuff that was at me have become minor things.

Not only that, but the time away means I’m not on the couch binging on Netflix and Doritos.

Another option is lifting weights.

Something magical happens in the mind when you can go in and unleash your aggression onto weights.

It gives you a chance to unload the day onto them.

By the time you get home you’ve knocked the stress out of you.

That way, you can enjoy family time without bringing it home with you.

It Takes Time

Nothing is an easy fix.

You will have bad days where you slip up and good days where you handle it better.

Just keep working on it, develop a better understanding of what is driving your stress.

And keep working on different strategies to work around it and keep you on track.

At the end of the day, stress doesn’t do anyone any favours.

So the more ways you can develop yourself to deal with it, the better.

And never be afraid to talk about it either.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

Thanks for reading.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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