Life always seems to throw you a curve ball right when you think you have it all figured out.
Now bring on the chocolate.
Here’s the thing… I can keep my chocolate cravings in check – that is, until life gets too stressful, too chaotic, or too off balance. That’s when I start stress eating sugar every. dang. time.
Who knows.. maybe your boss yelled at you at work, you spilled coffee on your favorite shirt, or you simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The point is, no matter what the situation is, it ends up with you having a chocolate bar in hand to find some peace in the world.
Trust me, even with the best meditation practices, breathing exercises, and whatever else your “self-help” book told you, in a stressful situation, it’s incredibly easy to throw it all out the window and to simply EAT the chocolate when things get stressful.
4 STEPS TO STOP STRESS EATING SUGAR
Listen – I’m not giving up my chocolate, so there’s no way I’m telling you to give up your chocolate — so don’t worry 😉 And honestly, I think that makes things worse! The real message is to understand why you reach for the chocolate bar and start stress eating sugar in the first place, so you can learn to avoid that from happening in the future.
Here’s what to do:
1. Know Your Comfort Food
Everyone has their “chocolate”, but it’s different for everyone. It might be cookies, donuts, pizza, or any other kind of food. (It also could be something more serious, like alcohol or cigarettes.) By understanding your trigger food, you unleash your inner awareness – a powerful ability to wake yourself up in the middle of stress, panic, and discomfort. Harnessing this awareness is the first step of solving the bigger issue that makes you reach for your “bar of chocolate” in the first place.
2. Remember You’re Human
Just because you start stress eating sugar doesn’t mean you’re weak, and it definitely does not make you a bad person… It makes you human!! So when you’re in a spin thinking about what you just ate was so bad, remember it’s a perfectly normal reaction to stress (like pretty much everyone does it). So congratulations, you now have the power to remember everything is OKAY, interrupt your guilt, and make better decisions moving forward.
3. Move on Like a Champ
Eat the chocolate, find your peace. It’s totally okay. After an appropriate amount of time, move on. Evaluate what happened that day to make you do it, then think about what needs to be different if you’re going to be happy.
4. Learn From it
Do I expect you to never eat your comfort food in a stressful situation? No, of course not. But the goal is to make you think twice about why you’re eating it so that you can live a better life.
TAKEAWAY: STRESS CAUSES SUGAR CRAVINGS
Stress and anxiety are the enemy of good health and happy relationships, so next time you reach for the chocolate bar and start stress eating sugar, make sure you’re also taking actions in your life that counteract those stressful moments.
Is there something you can do to increase the communication in your relationship? Is there a discussion between you and your boss that needs to happen about work? These kinds of life-changing questions are uncovered when you learn to look at the chocolate bar a little differently.
That chocolate wan’t just chocolate, now was it? 😉