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Breaking Free from Stress Eating: A Two-Part Approach

Amy English Emotional Eating Coach

If you're tired of feeling like a hamster on a wheel, constantly chasing food to escape stress, then this is for you. I've been there, done that, and have the emotional scars to prove it. But guess what? I've also figured out how to break free from this unhealthy cycle, and I'm here to share my secrets with you.

When you're struggling with stress eating, it's easy to feel trapped in a cycle of unhealthy habits and a negative relationship with food. But breaking free from stress eating is possible, and it starts with understanding the two key aspects at play:

1. Unraveling Your Food Relationship

Our relationship with food is like a complex friendship – sometimes warm and comforting, sometimes chaotic and unpredictable. If you're a stress eater, chances are your food relationship is more like a toxic frenemy. It's time to face the music and understand the dynamics of this relationship. That is the first step to breaking free.

Journal Prompt:

Let's get real about your food relationship. Grab a pen and paper and pour your heart out. Describe your relationship with food in your own words. How does it make you feel? What would you like to change?


Make this journaling a regular practice. Review your journal entries. Over time, you'll notice a shift in your perception of food, moving towards a healthier and more balanced relationship.

2. Deciphering Your Stress Signals

Stress eating is our go-to comfort mechanism when life throws curveballs. We seek solace in food, trying to bury our emotions under a mountain of carbs and sugary treats. But here's the thing: food doesn't eliminate stress; it just puts a Band-Aid on the problem.

Stress Awareness 101:

  • Identify your stress triggers. What are the things that make you feel like your hair's on fire?

  • Pay attention to how stress feels in your body. Do you get jittery? Tighten up? Break out in hives?

  • Notice your typical reactions to stress. Do you reach for that pint of ice cream or scroll through endless food delivery apps?


When stress starts to creep in, take a moment to pause and assess the situation. You don't have to succumb to the urge to eat. There are plenty of healthier coping mechanisms out there – exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or simply taking a walk in nature.

The Power of Conscious Choice

The moment you pause and make a conscious decision about how to handle stress, you take back control. It doesn't matter if you choose to eat, engage in a stress-reducing activity, or simply acknowledge your emotions. The important thing is to break the pattern of automatic stress eating.

Remember, you're not alone in this battle. Millions of people struggle with stress eating, but it doesn't have to define you. Take the first step towards a healthier relationship with food and stress today.

Food is not your boss. You are. Reclaim your power and create a life where food is a source of nourishment, not a source of stress.

Ready to ditch stress eating for good? Schedule a discovery call with me to learn more about my personalized approach to overcoming this challenge. Book your call here.



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