Ask the Nutrition Expert, Sheri Iodice, RD
Q: I am dreading the next family crisis — because when stressful things happen, I can’t stop eating! What are some good things to eat or do when I am stressed out?
A: If you turn to food for comfort when you’re stressed, sad, bored, or lonely, you’re likely falling prey to emotional or stress eating. When you “stress eat,” you’re not thinking about the consequences and you might be exacerbating problems without realizing it. Usually, the stress remains after emotional eating binges or it may return shortly afterward. Emotional eating can threaten an otherwise healthy lifestyle if left unchecked so it’s important to work toward breaking this vicious cycle so you don’t create more stress for yourself.