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Updated 23 July 2013

Avoid stress eating

Many people turn to comfort foods when they're under stress. Are you one of them?

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Many people turn to comfort foods when they're under stress. Are you one of them? Then you'll know that the added kilos just add more stress – and that the vicious cycle can be hard to break.

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The first step is to admit that you're stress eating; after that, it's important to identify what's making you feel anxious – once you’ve identified the source, it will be easier to face; if you crave something, have it – depriving yourself will only make you binge on that item; find out what relaxes you and fit it into your daily routine; make your home a soothing environment; learn to switch off – mulling over things that might happen is a useless exercise; start exercising – physical activity helps to control blood sugar levels and has a tendency to reduce appetite; have healthy snacks available at home; and consider counselling if the problem persists.

 
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