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How to stop stress eating once in for all?

I struggle with stress eating habits. I've been trying to control my stress eating habits for years now. I'll eat so much sweets and other foods then I'll get sick from it. I could only go through 2 weeks without stress eating at a time. Please help It's such a struggle I only eat when I'm very stressed out, not bored or from being tired. Any tips and helpful advice would help with this issue?

    • It sounds like you'd benefit from seeing a counselor tbh

    • Hello, I can relate to your issue in so many ways, I stress eat too, and I find it very hard to fight it. Some things I suggest are trying to keep very little sugary snacks in the house like chocolate and skittles. Try to eat more fruits (I personally love blueberries) and maybe make smoothies? (Veggies work too) If you wanna try to stop stress eating all together (which won't be easy so it's okay ) just trying to distract yourself with maybe some t.v, or going for a run, or doing your favourite hobby if you have one (mine is drawing) We are in this together

    • These are great suggestions from everyone. I have a horrible stress eating problem too, and am so clueless that didn't even recognize it for what it is until recently. I've regained 15 lbs over the last two years. Good for you for realizing what your trigger is! One thing that helps me is to turn off the news shows and read it instead in order to reduce my anger level and to have more control over input. A traditional stress outlet is to clean the house. Scrubbing the tub and sinks, vacuuming, organizing a drawer or closet, cleaning under the bed are all useful ways to vent, burn some calories and get a clean house too! You have a sympathetic ear here. Good luck!

    • I stress eat also. Don't add to your stress by worrying that you are something you shouldn't. Just try to do better the next day. Distractions help and stay out of the kitchen as much as possible.

    • thank you all so much, I'll be sure to try all these tips to reduce my stress, but I won't cut sweets or junk food out completely because it's good to treat yourself other than deprive yourself.
      I made a list of things to continue trying if you want to use them too you can.
      1. taking walks
      2. journaling
      3. drinking tea
      4. watch T.V
      5. drawing
      4. running
      5. keeping sweets out of reach.
      those seem to help me for 2 weeks at a time but then I get stressed out so much again then I'll have to restart all over again which also stresses me out too.

    • I don't bring the sweets into the home
      When I am feeling I need the treats I either have to go out and get them or end up eating what is in the house which is all natural good food
      It has worked and at the very least it has slowed me down so I can try and redirect myself
      Good luck, I know how you feel
      Cheering you onsmile

    • thank you, it'll take us a lot of work to over come stress eating but we all can make it through this. Even though I'm not on here to lose weight or to track calories I'm mainly on here to track my bad eating habits to become healthier and to eat healthier and make better food choices.

    • I'm sorry you are going through this. Using food (or cigarettes or alcohol or gambling) to soothe and cope with our feelings is a problem. If you really want to stop stress eating and the resultant guilt or stress you have afterwards, you might feel better talking to a therapist about it. As you mentioned, what you've been doing isn't working. Maybe it's time to make an appointment. You and your mental health are worth it! I wish you all the best! ❤️

    • A lot of great advice on here!
      mtaylor and beebels are especially leading you in the right direction. If you know you are stress eating, you have a problem. Not saying there's anything wrong with you, but you should definitely be talking to someone professional about this issue. We can give you advice and cheer you on, but at this point, we can't help you solve the underlying cause of why you feel like you have to use food to make your stress level out. I wish you the very best in your journey!!

    • A lot of great advice on here!
      mtaylor and beebels are especially leading you in the right direction. If you know you are stress eating, you have a problem. Not saying there's anything wrong with you, but you should definitely be talking to someone professional about this issue. We can give you advice and cheer you on, but at this point, we can't help you solve the underlying cause of why you feel like you have to use food to make your stress level out. I wish you the very best in your journey!!

    • thank you all so much, all your advice is helpful I'll be seeing my doctor in a few weeks. I'll be discussing this issue a long with many other mental health issues and hopefully get it under controlled

    • So sorry you are going through this. We each have our own coping mechanisms..

      I do the same as Grannymom, I clean. When I get to the washing floors on my knees stage, nobody gets in my way! LOL

      I also agree with the great advice above, exercise is good as it releases happy endorphins. If you can't exercise, distract yourself with something fun, or even better challenging.

      I hope you find your "something". Simply replace the bad habit with a good one.

      You've got this!

    • I am reading a good book called Intuitive Eating. It talks about emotional eating and many other types of eating. Make peace with food.

    • I am reading a good book called "intuitive eating" lots of good tips there.

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