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5 Ways To Stamp Out Stress-Snacking At Work

Do you catch yourself reaching for that bag of chips or rummaging the office pantry for a bar of chocolate when you’re stressed and pulling another late night at the office? Emotional or stress eating happens when you eat (usually ‘comfort’ or ‘junk’ food) in response to feelings instead of actual hunger.

Did you know that experts estimate that 75% of overeating actually stems from emotions? (Conrad Stöppler, MD, 20192) When you feel stressed, your body produces high levels of cortisol (also known as the stress hormone). Too much cortisol in the system can actually create cravings for salty or sweet food, hence the need for junk food. (Scott, MS, 20191)

But hey, don’t feel too bad, because you’re not alone and we’ve got these tips to keep handy the next time you feel that urge creeping on!

#1 DISTRACT YOURSELF

Take a breather and do something else that might take your mind off snacking. Put on a funny Youtube video, (finally) scroll through those memes your buddy has been spamming you with, or text your S.O to say Hi and check in on how they’re doing. (Monster.com, 20193)

#2 SIP ON A CUP OF SOMETHING

Try to forgo the caffeine and opt for a nice, warm cup of green tea, or hojicha instead. They say chamomile does wonders for anxiety too! Sip slowly, and see how you feel after a good 15 minutes, because you could have just been thirsty! (Monster.com, 20193)

#3 KEEP A HEALTHY SNACK STASH

Our brains need fuel, and having a snack for sustenance isn’t a bad thing. Swap the chips for a bag of baby carrots, or a small pack of power mix nuts instead! (Monster.com, 20193)

#4 HAVE A TASTE, NOT A TON

We all have that one desk mate that loves cracking open the junk food and tempting us with it. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself a little, but learn to draw the line at a small handful rather than a heap. (Monster.com, 20193)

#5 DON’T SKIP DINNER

We’ve all been there – skipping meals when we don’t want to lose our focus, or when we’re too stressed to eat. Make sure you put work aside for a minute and eat your meals at the proper time! (Monster.com, 20193)

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Content Sources
1 - Scott, MS, Elizabeth (2019, August), Why You Binge When You're Not Hungry, Retrieved from:
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-causes-emotional-eating-or-stress-eating-3145261
2 - Conrad Stöppler, MD, Melissa (2019, April), Medical Definition of Emotional Eating, Retrieved from:
https://www.medicinenet.com/weight_gain_shockers_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
3 - Monster.com, (2019), How to Stop Stress-Eating at Work, Retrieved from:
https://www.monsterindia.com/career-advice/how-to-stop-stress-eating-at-work-7389.html