- Nuts or seeds
- Frozen blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- Mango chunks
- Pineapple chunks
10 – Get a pet
What does a pet have to do with stress eating? Plenty. Pets improve your life. Owning a dog or cat lowers your stress. When you play with your pet, it causes your brain to release serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals make you feel happier. Your furry friend forces you to get outside for walks. Plus, owning a dog is a great way to meet your neighbors because everyone wants to meet your little buddy. One study found that people experiencing stressful situations recover better when they have a pet. So, if you’re going to break your stress eating habit, maybe it’s time to find a furry friend.
11 – Don’t restrict your eating
One thing that nutritionists suggest is to not strict your eating. Overly strict eating leads to binge eating of high-calorie foods or overeating. Restrictive diets seem like a good way to stop stress eating, but it rarely breaks the habit. It’s an ineffective way for weight loss and can trigger stress for your body.
12 – Understand the timing of your stress eating
It’s thought that stress eating happens at certain times of the day. For instance, the afternoon or evening is a high-risk time for people to overeat. When you add stress into the mix, it creates a recipe for binge eating. Pay attention to your snacking habits. Do you overeat in the afternoon when you’re bored? Or tired? Figure out when you’re more likely to snack compulsively. Come up with healthy snacks ideas and stick to a specific time to eat those snacks.
Final Thoughts on Breaking Your Harmful Stress Eating Habit
Stress eating relies on food to comfort yourself when you’re feeling sad or having a hard day. It’s a common problem, and women fall into this habit more than men. If you try to cope with stress eating, hopefully, these tips break you free of your stressful eating habit. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not alone in your effort to break your stress eating.