The stress response is your body’s signal to adapt to changes in the environment. Everyone reacts differently to stress, but many people find comfort in food, which may lead to overeating or choosing less nutritious foods.
Mindful eating can be helpful if your eating behaviours are affected by stress. It involves bringing more awareness to what, when, and how you eat.
With mindful eating, you may find more enjoyment in your food, show more judgement in your food choices, and be more in-tune with your body’s signals for hunger and fullness. Mindful eating can also help calm your mind.
Ways to eat more mindfully
- Remove any distractions and focus on the food you’re eating (e.g., avoid watching Netflix during dinner)
- Reflect on and choose to eat foods that taste good to you and are nourishing for your body
- Take note of whether you’re truly hungry or wanting to eat because of other reasons
- Notice the sights, smells, flavours, and textures of the food you’re eating
- Check in throughout the meal to identify when you’re actually full
Consider other ways to manage stress, such as exercising, meditation, or reaching out to family and friends. You can even drop by the Wellness Centre for tips on handling your stress.