How Do I Know If I’m Stress Eating?

If you are any part human, you’ve stress eaten. Maybe even full blown emotional meal or meals. Welcome to my corner, it’s the largest hurdle I have in my food relationship. Unfortunately, stress eating is not a relationship we need to have with our fridge or drive thru. At this moment we become abusers of our meal time and ourselves. We are covering up emotions all in the name of relief. Do you know if you’re stress eating?

3 Ways You Know You’re Stress Eating

  1. Mindless Eating
  2. Not truly hungry
  3. Emotionally driven
    • stress, anger, frustration, depression, sadness

As a recovering and sometimes not so recovering stress eater there are ways to handle stress. It isn’t as simple as Buddha purchase and sitting in silence. There isn’t a one size fits all. Trust me. You do have the power to choose and more than one. It’s okay to change on the day or moment or emotion. It is important to note that if there is chronic stress or emotions that you cannot work through, it may be time to consider meeting with a professional. Whether it be a spiritual teacher, therapist, counselor, doctor, Reiki master, etc. Listen when you just cannot release negative emotions over a period of time.

Alternatives to Stress Eating

  • Intentionally eating crunchy or chewy foods
    • This sensory eating experience can help relieve tension.
    • Do watch portions
    • Examples: almonds, raisins, seeds, walnuts, carrots, celery
  • Physical activity
    • Any activity. A simple thirty minute walk increases oxygen, blood flood, and allow time to process thoughts.
  • Creative Activity
    • Being creative is a hand on meditative activity that encourages happy chemical release and time to think. Paint, color books, whatever it takes.
  • Write it out
    • Write about what bothers you or write what inspires you. Possibly both.
  • Scream
    • Not a people. Just vocally release.

No twelve step program here. The important steps are to recognize that you are stress eating and work to be consistent in changing your habits. This does not discount comfort food. Comfort food has its place when the motivation is right. Have grace on those days you slip and remember baby steps are steps.


Holistic Health Practitioner

Published by JRiley

Certified holistic nutritionist, reiki master, and yogi who hates kale and loves tacos.

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