Stress . . . it's what's for dinner

November 7, 2018

Do you ever feel like you're not only eating the food on your plate, but also all of the emotions that have piled up throughout your day? Let's be real. What we're eating isn't always just food. It is also stress, frustration, joy, peace.  How you feel when you sit down to eat can greatly impact your munching experience: how much you eat, how you feel while you eat, how you feel after you eat, and your overall digestion.

 

I've definitely had meals where, right after the fact, my stomach is crying out that I was eating emotions with my food AND using food to push down fully expressing my feelings.

 

A couple of months ago, I was cookin' up some lunch with my partner. In the process of making some rockin' egg sammies, we started to argue (probably because we were both at a level 9 on the hunger scale . . . and 10 is the highest. You know that moment? When suddenly you're so ravenous you're ready to eat anything in sight and take your hunger out on whoever's around? Just me?). So we started to argue as we cooked which led to a frustrating and stressful situation.