How To Stop Stress Eating
After weight loss surgery, you will more than likely still suffer with wanting to stress eat. The surgery is a tool and not a fix all. As much as I wish it did, the surgery does not take away our unhealthy way of looking at food. At first it will be hard to overeat because you will not be able to eat a large amount of food at a time. However, through time you will be able to eat more. If you are stress eating, you risk regaining weight back. So, let’s explore ways you can stop stress eating and take control of your life.
- Find the source. Is your work stressful? Are you having financial issues? Are your kids acting out? No matter what the stressor, you might be turning to food for comfort. Take the time to figure out why you are turning to food.
- Do something about it. Once you figure out what you are stressed about, change the way you look at it. Talk to someone. Go to therapy. Do not use food to cover up the issue. It is easier said than done, but by taking initiative to deal with the issue, you will decrease the chance of regaining weight due to the stress in your life.
- Instead of using food, substitute a healthy habit like taking a walk. We often turn to food because of the instant gratification. However, working out can give you so many more endorphins. Choose a healthier way to cope, whether it is working out, meditating, calling a friend, or journaling. Take the time to find a healthier way of managing your stress.
Before you pick up the fork, ask yourself how much this means to you. It is so easy to turn to food for comfort. We all have stressors in our life and unfortunately bariatric surgery will not take that away. However, we are given a second chance with this surgery. A second chance to take ownership of our life and be the best version of us. Take control and don’t let stress eating consume you. You deserve to be happy. Don’t ever let food take over your mind again!
- Kimberly H.