Updated 23 July 2013

Avoid stress eating

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


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.

Take action:
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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