Being a college student is stressful. Being a college senior and still not knowing what you want to do with your life is stressful. Stress is such a common occurance today yet it is still not fully understood. People release their stress in differnt ways. Some people go to the gym, some people read and some people eat. Mac and cheese and pizza is called “comfort food” for a reason. You can be the most health conscious person in the world but sometimes stress can just take over.
Stress eating is something I have always dealt with and over the years I have found some things that help me to deal with it. I love to cook even if I am not necessarily the one eating it. Sometimes just making unhealthy food is “theraputic” enough. I think a big problem with unhealthy food and food in general is the portion size. If you are up late working last minute on a paper for class or trying to finish an important presentation for work and you want a brownie you make a whole box of brownies. So the next day when your paper and presentation are completed and the stress is gone…the brownies are still there so you continue to eat them and it is a reoccuring cycle. I think the best solution to this is buying single serve pacakges. You can buy boxes of individually packaged brownies, cookies anything you crave when you’re stressed. This will keep you from eating a whole pan of brownies.
Eating an occasional dessert doesnt mean its the end of the world. But sometimes stress eating means you’re eating that occasional treat every day. The best way to deal with this is to find what works for you and stick with it because stress is something that can take your life over and if you let stress eating acompany that then you will soon be not only stressed out but also unhappy with yourself.