Stress. Emotions. Appetite. The three of these are more related than we probably give them credit for. Emotional eating is a coping mechanism we often rely on in difficult and uncertain times. Unfortunately, when uneasy periods perk their head up, our health usually bears the brunt of it.
What Is an Emotional Eater?
Emotional eating can be characterized as the act of consuming food, usually unhealthy junk food in large quantities, triggered by emotions and feelings as opposed to being triggered by actual feelings of hunger. Emotional eating is almost never triggered by hunger.
When facing a difficult situation or an obstacle that causes feelings of stress, we find comfort and solace in food. How many times have you heard the term “comfort food”? Temporarily, emotional eating fulfills that discomfort. But what follows later on are feelings of guilt and shame. And subsequently, those newly-added feelings and emotions of guilt and shame are now the new triggers that will have you going right back to emotional eating. This is the emotional eating cycle.
It doesn’t take much to put you into this cycle of emotional eating either. Stressful events from work, relationships, school, parenting, illnesses, media, pandemics, financial pressure, and health issues all can trigger those emotions and create that cyclical loop of emotional eating. Just remember: emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional issues, it usually makes them worse.
Does Stress Affect Your Appetite?
So we know that emotions can affect the way in which we eat. And we know emotions and stress are interconnected. How much does stress affect our appetite? Depending on who you are, the result can be different. For some individuals, stress can cause people to become emotional eaters (we detailed that process in the section above).
But for others, stress can cause individuals to completely ignore those hunger cues, which can cause them to withhold from eating for long periods. Whereas the one individual overeats when they feel stress, others are so attuned and fixated on the stressful state that they tune out those cues. Both can become dangerous scenarios for your health.
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5 Simple Steps to Overcome Stress Eating
Now that you understand the effects of stress and emotions on our health and appetite, let’s shift focus a little more on hope and solutions. Knowing about problems and issues affecting our health is one thing. Knowing how to combat these issues is the piece of the puzzle we need to act on. Below are five simple steps on how to overcome stress eating that you can implement right now.
One of the most effective steps in managing stress is to exercise. It doesn’t take much either. A simple 20-30 minute walk a few times a week will significantly help. Exercise does a few things: it helps increase endorphins which can regulate your mood, it puts you in the present moment because you have to focus on your body’s movements, and exercise can relax your body and mind.
Start a Food Journal
Writing in a food journal is simple. Getting into the habit of doing it might be a little more difficult. But the health dividends of writing down and keeping a log of what you eat will help you discover habits, behaviors, and thoughts you were unaware of. At first, don’t worry about how much you are writing. It can be in a dedicated notebook, a journal you keep in the cloud, or a journal app on your phone. Focus on these three things when keeping a food journal:
● What am I eating? Write the time of day
● Why am I eating this?
● What emotions did I feel prior to eating?
There is plenty of research that suggests keeping a food journal can DOUBLE an individual’s weight loss. The biggest added benefit a journal provides is making you aware of your habits. Becoming more aware and knowing what we’re putting into our bodies often leads to the question of “Why am I putting this into my body?” and it makes eating something unhealthy a conscious choice instead of a bad habit of fulfilling an emotional need.
Eliminate the Temptations + Snack Appropriately
That’s right. Get rid of the junk food. Ditch it. Say goodbye. Don’t just throw it in the kitchen garbage either. Walk it all out to the big dumpster and make it final. At first, trashing junk food might cause you a small amount of stress, but afterward you’ll feel good about it.
Eliminating junk food won’t entirely eliminate the underlying impulse to emotionally eat. More often than not, it’s still going to be there, which is why the second part of this step is crucial: Opt-in for healthy snacks when you feel that impulse. Not just for health reasons either. Compare the follow-up emotions after eating each type of food. Have you ever felt guilt or shame because you ate half a bag of chips? Most likely you have. Have you ever felt a tinge of regret for eating some roasted broccoli? We didn’t think so either.
Your sleep is very important to your health, especially when it comes to stress and dealing with emotions. We have brain chemicals connected with healthy sleep, which are the same chemicals that communicate with the body to stop the production of stress hormones. According to experts, adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Interestingly enough, over 60% of adults report sleep problems multiple times during the week. Make sleep one of your highest priorities. Lack of sleep is one of the major factors in stress. But sleep isn’t always easy, so you have to work at it. Realistically, proper sleep is a skill we need to work on. Xyngular’s Xr2 is the perfect product to help us create proper sleep habits.
Get Your Stress in Check*
Make managing your stress one of the top priorities in your life. One of the most important parts of this is to just be aware of the stresses in your life. We mentioned some stress triggers above. The simple act of just recognizing these stress triggers can help. But go a little deeper. Practice effective stress management practices like meditation, mindfulness, prayer, and yoga. Many people often opt-in for foods and supplements to help manage their stress as well. Xyngular’s Xr2 was designed to target problem areas that often sabotage our healthy eating habits. Stress, emotions, and appetite are at the core of Xr2’s purpose.
Xr2: A Balanced Solution for Emotional Eating, Stress, and Appetite Control
Xr2 combats stress in three unique ways: promotes deeper sleep, suppresses nighttime cravings, and helps manage stress eating.
The premium ingredients that make up Xr2 were carefully orchestrated in a proprietary blend to help you rest and relax. Sleep is vital to health. Sleep is unequivocally important with weight loss. Xyngular understands the nature of sleep and how it impacts stress and weight management. Xr2 delivers on deeper sleep for better days.
● Naturally-sourced ingredients
● 5-HTP to aid in appetite suppression
● Valerian root for deeper sleep
● GABA aids in rest and relaxation
● Contains no lactose, nuts or dairy
● Contains no fish or shellfish.
● Manufactured in the U.S.
● Helps facilitate healthy sleep*
● Manages nighttime cravings*
● Attacks stress with balancing your body’s natural cortisol release*
● Fights stress eating*
● Improves and maintains metabolism*
● Can be taken with other Xyngular products*
Today, more than ever the impact and importance of our emotions and stress on our health are vital. Isn’t it about time you discovered more about all the benefits Xyngular’s Xr2 can offer? This unique product can help you manage stress and keep those emotions in check to give you that extra support your health needs. Contact your Xyngular Distributor or login to your Xyngular account to get it today!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.