Stress can make you feel as though you’re hungry when what you really need to do is find a non-food solution to the problem facing you. Everydayhealth.com suggests these zero-calorie stress busters to ease your emotions.
Finding Food Alternatives
Managing your stress in healthier ways can also help keep you from responding to it by eating. Try these ideas:
Exercise. Regular exercise can help prevent stress, and exercising when you are stressed can help manage the emotion and burn calories, not pack them in. Instead of running to the kitchen, lace up your shoes and head for a run, or walk, outside.
Give yourself a break. Whatever you’re doing that’s causing you stress, just step away from it for a while. If you’re thinking about a situation that’s creating anxiety, distract yourself with a more pleasant topic.
Think positive. Come up with a plan to resolve the situation that’s bothering you. Nothing beats stress more than solving the problem that’s causing it.
Relax. Meditate, visualize a peaceful place, or listen to some music to calm yourself down.
Do something fun. Take an impromptu shopping trip, play a game of golf or tennis, call a friend, or watch a movie that you enjoy.
It may take some time, but you can retrain yourself to eat when you’re hungry, not stressed. Learning to tell the difference between the two is your first step. Then, find another outlet instead of using food to satisfy your emotional hunger.