So here is the usual scenario: you are at work and it is the middle of the afternoon. You have 32 work e-mails waiting to be answered and you have a report due on your manager’s desk in less than an hour. So, what is the first thing you are going to do? Well, if you are like most people in this situation, you will most likely head to the breakroom and grab a donut or potato chips from the vending machine in order to relieve some of that stress. We are probably all guilty of stress eating at some point in our lives but there are things you can do when the urge strikes.
Look at what you are eating. Try keeping a food journal and jot down everything that you eat. Writing down what you are eating will help you learn to be responsible for what goes into your body. Even if you just eat half a cookie, be sure to write it down in the journal. You will soon become aware that what you are doing is nothing more than empty snacking and you’ll want to cut back naturally.
Relax for a minute- The next time you are stressed and have the urge to stuff some oreos in your mouth, try relaxing for a minute beforehand. Whether this means you need to talk a walk somewhere or gulp down a tall glass of water. This will help you get your mind off of food and onto something else.
Take a picture- The University of Wisconsin-Madison did a study with 43 people. Everyone who participated in the study was required to take a photo of what they were eating before they ate it. It seems that this had a sobering effect on their individual indulgences.
Only eat at the table- There has been several studies done throughout the years that have shown that people that eat on their couch while watching TV, standing at the sink, sitting at their desk and sitting in the car have no idea they ate something. This is because the brain does not always register the fact that you are actually eating something. Even if you’re having a few pieces of fruit, put them on a plate and then sit at the table.
Chew some gum- Sometimes stress eating can be something as simple as you needing to move your jaw more than anything else. In this case, pop a piece of gum in your mouth, of course make sure it is sugar-free gum. Trident is a great choice. It’s my go to gum when I need something that tastes sweet but is sugar-free.