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27 March 2009

How to beat stress eating

Many people turn to comfort foods when they're under stress. This can make the kilos pile on, adding to the stress you're already under.

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Many people turn to comfort foods when they're under stress. This can make the kilos pile on, adding to the stress you're already under. What can you do to combat this vicious cycle?

Take action:
The first major step is admitting that you're stress eating; identify what exactly is making you feel anxious – is it work, your relationship or finances?; once you've identified the source of your stress, it's always easier to face it – you might even want to consider counselling; find out what relaxes you (e.g. yoga, meditation etc.) and make a plan to fit this activity into your schedule; learn to switch off – mulling endlessly over things that might happen is a useless exercise; and if you're craving something, have it (in a reasonable quantity, of course) – depriving yourself will only make you binge on that particular item at a later stage.

QUIZ: Assess your stress

 
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