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Stress-eating: Five strategies to slow down

August 29, 2019

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Kelly Bilodeau, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Kelly Bilodeau is the former executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later went on to become a managing editor at HCPro, a Boston-area healthcare publishing company, … See Full Bio
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Sohila Yusufzai
September 17, 2019

But for same people stress make appetite less

September 16, 2019

Funny, but I just binged on peanut butter cups and ice cream due to stress. Note that I have adrenal insufficiency and must rely on necessary cortisol hormonal replacement. Yet I opened my email and saw this! Thanks. Very timely advice!

Deepak Sharma
September 7, 2019

Anxiety triggers emotional and psychological changes in your body to help you deal with the pressure. These changes often affect the stomach and digestive tract and can make you lose your appetite. If stress is the reason, your hunger usually returns once you’re feeling more relaxed. Stress, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary “comfort foods” push people toward overeating…. The adrenal glands release another hormone called cortisol, and cortisol increases appetite and may also ramp up motivation in general, including the motivation to eat…(mygenericpharmacy)

Arthur Burns
September 16, 2019

I like your math! Deepak. You are the plumber for here, for sure.
I am hooked! Stay in touch?
The Art of it2.

September 1, 2019

Hi Kelly
my name is kori and I was reading your article “5 Superfoods You Should Be Eating” I was wondering if you can email me it is about the article and I wanted to talk to u without an audience.

Mary. Weibber. (Webber)
August 31, 2019

Stress-eating. And. Anxiety. Are. Related as Anxiety. Impacts. Your. Mental. Activity. And that. Leads. You. To.a. stress. Disorder,,
THIS. stress. Disorder. Might. Impact. Your. Activities, your. Cortisol. Hormone. And that
might. Strengthen. Your need. To. Eat. More. Hence. Your. STRESS-EATING. is. Beginning,,
Anxiety. Disoreders. Might be. Emotionally
or. Mentally impacting. The. Personality. And. That. Might. Have. A. Stress -eating. Outcome,,


Saguren Redyrs
August 28, 2019

The most important ways to reduce stress levels are covered very well here. Exercise is my favorite one: it also makes the body less susceptible to stress by teaching it to focus on performance (what you can control) instead of the situation (what you cannot control). I would also include a daily hobby that you find relaxing and enjoying. If we can balance out stressful situations with enjoyable ones, we give our minds and bodies the time to calm down and recover from stress.

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