Stress is hard to deal with. For me food seems like the right answer.Witch is why I am over weight. Joining SP has helped me. When I want to eat between meals I come to my computer and bring up this web sight. Reading what others are doing keeps me busy and I don't snack. Going out side away from food also helps. Good Luck I hope you find as much help here as I have
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Stress certainly can be a trigger for a lot of us. It certainly does for me. It's easier said than done to "eat something different" when stressed. Baby carrots are good snacks, but they suck at being a comfort food. PB/Chocolate Ice cream is a great comfort food (for me) but does not exactly fall into the category of good food. Moderation is one thing, but that goes out the window when I stress eat.
So I try to have a stash of "healthier" comfort foods that seem to help cope with the stress while not as significantly adding to the calorie count, which creates more stress for me the next day.
For me it would be unsalted almonds which I store in single serving bags, for frozen fruit bars. For me they provide that "comfort taste" to relieve the stress. Yes - I may still go outside of the calorie and/or fat intake range if I over-consume the healthier comfort foods, but not to the level that a heaping bowl of ice-cream would do.
I do find that regardless whatever is stressing me is still there, but at least this way I don't create more stress by doubling my calorie/fat intake maximum for the day. Tomorrow is a new day and easier to face without the added stress that the extra fat or calories added for me. Still, I plan to balance out for the next few days to compensate for the extra calories, but that becomes easier if you can find or create those "go-to" comfort foods that work for you.
At least that seems to be working for me. For now anyway...
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