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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Stress Eating! What stress eating is. Social Eating: Social forms of emotional eating include crying on your friends shoulder over a couple of hot fudge sundaes, sharing a bowl of chips with the guys as you watch a game, sharing the gory details of a nightmare date over cheesecake with your roommates. Cortisol Cravings: Stress can bring on increased levels of cortisol, known as "the stress hormone." Among other things, high levels of cortisol can create cravings for salty and sweet foods Stuffing Emotions: Many people eat to quiet uncomfortable emotions. A piece of cake is a way to avoid confrontation and deal with frustrations instead of openly communicating. Food takes the focus off of anger, resentment, fear, anxiety, etc Nervous Energy: When stressed or anxious, many people become "orally fidgety which can lead to nail biting or teeth grinding, and often, to eating when not hungry. Munching on chips or drinking a soda comes from boredom or restlessness. Ways to avoid stress eating! Track emotional eating habits: Keep a log of times when you overate or felt compelled to eat excessively and your moods at that time to further identify triggers and know when youre susceptible to emotional eating. Find other ways to feed your feelings : Come up with way other than eating to cope with negative emotions Adopt healthy lifestyle habits: Make time in your schedule for exercise, relaxation, positive social interactions, and getting adequate amounts of sleep in order to reduce negative feelings as well as negative emotional responses. Identify your triggers STRESS, BOREDOM, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. By: Brandon, Amanda, Carly Scott, E (2014) Stress and emotional eating: what causesemotional eating? Retrieved from Referances Smith, M., & Segal, J. (2014, November 1). Emotional Eating: How to Recognize and Stop Emotional Eating. Retrieved December 1, 2014, from Pagoto, S. (2012, June 25). Five Strategies for Overcoming Emotional Eating. Retrieved December 1, 2014, from
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