Girls Who Eat Their Feelings


In our society there's an entire category of foods that we refer to only when we're feeling down, stressed, anxious, lonely, etc. 'Comfort Food' has become something that's totally normal and expected and respected as a way to wind down. But loading your plate with mac & cheese, creamy mashed potatoes and a gallon of merlot is not in any way a healthy way to deal with feelings.

'Comfort Food' is merely an excuse to gorge on food otherwise kept at a minimum. I used to laugh at memes and scenes from movies where women would turn to food as a relief in stressful times. It was as if see that gave me permission to pig out on whatever I wanted. But food won't solve the problem. It will only make things worse in the long run. 

How to fulfill emotional needs without food

1. Connection
If you're feeling disconnected from someone in particular or humanity in general, ask for more time with that person. Grab a girlfriend for a hike or light some candles with your partner. 

2. Nurture
Your stress may be stemming from a lack of self-care. Think about the last time you spend some time and energy on yourself. If it's been a while, head to a yoga class, take a nap, write in your journal. 

3. Entertainment
Getting stuck in the mundane of everyday life can send even the best of us for the Ben & Jerry's. Instead, head outside of the house for a play or a movie or a concert. Getting out of your head and in to something that will take your mind off of what's keeping you down.

4. Solo
We all need time off. Spend some quality alone time with yourself by staying in and watching your favorite TV show (minus the late-night snacks). 

Can't manage these activities without food? Try some air-popped popcorn with a drizzle of walnut oil and a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper. It'll fill you up without a ton of extra calories and if you eat each piece one-by-one (or in small handfulls), it'll feel like you're eating a lot more than you actually are. Popcorn is a stress-eater's secret weapon. 

Brianna Towne