Is Stress Eating Normal?

When you become accustomed to chronic stress conditions, tension, worry and stress eating start to seem normal.

After all, stress is a shared experience and stress eating is a common response. Most people are operating with huge amounts of pressure and uncertainty.

It’s easy to feel as if you are too busy to deal with stress or create any stress relief plan. Most people only deal with the effects and ignore the ongoing causes.

We are enormously resilient when it comes to dealing with stress. But stress can accumulate over time as you worry about past disappointments and project fears about what may happen in the future.

Most stress eating occurs in the state of “tense tiredness.” This state has become such a normal part of life that we don’t even recognize it as being anything unusual. Too much stress creates overload, stress headaches and emotional eating – you feel disconnected, fatigued, edgy and achy. No wonder it’s easy to reach for food!

Emotions can be running you ragged, but most people don’t like to admit they are feeling bad or overwhelmed. Stress-related eating is just part of the package. If you can’t find stress relief, you may want to go hide under the covers or take a nice, long relaxing nap, but it’s easier to go grab some chocolate!

Changing habits is inconvenient at best, especially if you gain comfort from eating fatty or sweet foods and feel more energized after a large mocha. No one wants to eliminate the small pleasures in life, in the name of stress relief!

Plus, most people are so entrenched on the stress hamster wheel, they don’t see how they can add in any time for relaxation. The nagging feeling that you are never caught up drains your energy even more!

What’s the stress eating solution?

You need a comprehensive program that helps you to manage emotions, set better boundaries, and stay out of the stress eating cycle. For this I recommend Lose Weight Now Stay Slim Forever, with over 3 hours of audio recordings, and individual coaching session to get you started.

When you start getting some of the excess weight off, then you start to feel better physically and emotionally. And you are on your way to a better, less stressed you!

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Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner. She is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.

8 thoughts on “Is Stress Eating Normal?

  1. Hi Carol: I love this instant access comment box. Great addition!

    Vera Roquemore, Ph.D.

  2. The new design for your blog is refreshing! It’s bright, inviting, and very easy to read. The use of pictures is a nice touch! I always learn something new from you, keep up the great work!

  3. DEAR CAROL,
    YOU ARE THE MOST CARING PERSON,FROM THE THINGS YOU WRITE AND ABOUT YOUR ABILITIES TO HELP PEOPLE,AND SOME
    YOU HAVE HELPED,THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT—–I HAVE A DISEASE,THAT IS STILL CLASSED AS RARE IN AUSTRALIA PLUS I AM OVERWEIGHT,OBESE IN FACT(SCLERODERMA) I OFTEN
    IMAGINE YOU HERE,WHEN IT ALL GETS TO MUCH,THE PAIN, CHOKING,ETC ETC I HAVE AN ELECT.W.CHAIR—–I THINK OF YOU AS ST.CAROL,AT THE OTHER END OF MY RAINBOW—–AS
    MONEY IS TOO SHORT FOR ANY OF YOUR GOODIES,I JUST THINK
    OF THE RAINBOW CONNECTING US,LOVE MARY-THERESE

    • Hi Mary-Therese,
      I am so sorry to hear of your disease, but I admire your ability to hang in there and focus on something positive. hugs,
      Carol

  4. Hi Carol I listened to your weight loss CD’s and lost 20 lbs, now I have put it all back on again. I can’t seem to get to my core issues – and yes I am sure there is more than one issue.

    Are the “Stay Slim Forever” CD’s different?

    Thank you for this website and newletter. I have only just found it.
    From Kaye, Melbourne Australia

    • @Kaye
      Yes, the Slim Forever CDs are different, in that they don’t involve EFT. The Meditation CD is very relaxing and I’ve gotten good feedback with people using it. The monthly interviews are with experts in the field of health, emotional eating and weight loss. It’s helpful and interesting to hear advice from people who have written the books!

      The question is – what did you do AFTER you lost the 20 lb.? And yes, core issues are definitely suspect here . . .

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