I figured it would be a good time to share some tips on how to avoid stress eating. I will also share my recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies as a healthy alternative if you’ve been craving something sweet!
I’m sure we are getting all too familiar with stress and overeating these days considering everything that is going on in the world and how much time we’ve had to spend at home.
For myself, even though I’ve been eating pretty healthy still, I’ve definitely been overeating and I can feel it in the old pantaloons! Luckily I am working from home so I’ve been living in my sweatpants for like three weeks now (haha!).
How to avoid stress eating
1 – keep a food and mood diary
Sometimes it can be helpful to watch for trends in when you overeat or emotional eat. Watch for connections between certain emotions and times when you reach for junk food or overeat even though you aren’t hungry. Once you start to see these connections, you can focus in on these particular emotions to try and address the root cause. Which leads me to point #2!
2 – manage and seek help for your anxiety and negative emotions
Often times when we are feeling sad, depressed or anxious, those are the times we want to reach for food to comfort us. These are especially uncertain times these days, and most of us are experiencing higher levels of anxiety. Check out my latest blog post on how to be a Stoic during times of uncertainty. Consider reaching out to a friend or family member, or accessing online support groups or counsellors. My friend Kaitlin over at Kaitlin Stephens counselling is fantastic in this field and is also a holistic nutritionist – bonus! Seeing a counselor can really help us dig into these thoughts, patterns and behaviours to try and refocus our attention to more positive coping mechanisms.
3 – use self compassion to motivate yourself to eat healthy as opposed to self-criticism
Next time you find yourself falling off the wagon with your food, exercise or self care choices, try to give yourself extra love and care. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but you’d be surprised to find out you may be less driven to overeat or continue self sabotaging behaviours because you love yourself enough to make good choices. Love is FAR more powerful than fear! Check out my blog post on how to motivate yourself with self compassion.
4 – challenge your limiting beliefs about your approach to food
The way we communicate to ourselves internally can have a massive impact on the food choices we make. Your brain might say “I have no willpower, I’ll never be able to stick to it” but try reframing that thought to “I will make mistakes from time to time as everyone does. Nobody is perfect. I will just keep getting back on track and will be kind and compassionate to myself in the process.” Check out my blog post on challenging your limiting beliefs about yourself.
5 – keep busy
Sometimes when we are bored, we reach for food even though we are not even hungry. Keeping busy can keep our mind off mindless eating and as a bonus it can also help burn extra calories to keep busy!
6 – don’t have junk food in the house to tempt you
It’s a lot easier to reach for unhealthy food when your cupboards and fridge are full of it. Next time you go to the grocery store, make a list of healthy foods and challenge yourself to stick to it. One tip is to research healthy recipes ahead of time and plan out your meals for the week. Then from those recipes, make a grocery list of only the things you need. You can also check out my blog post on cleaning out your cupboards to reduce temptation as well as my blog post on how to do weekly meal prep to set yourself up for success!
7 – find an accountability partner
This could include a friend, family member, partner or a health coach or nutritionist to support and encourage you as well as to provide you additional accountability to stay on track. It’s not always easy to hold ourselves accountable. I offer free 15 minute accountability calls and right now I am also offering free 30 minute health coaching on how to boost your immune system naturally!
Now for the goods! My paleo chocolate chip cookies recipe!
Equipment you will need for this recipe
For this recipe, I used a KitchenAid stand mixer. This stand mixer is one of the best investments we have ever made! We use it for practically everything. Forget tiring out your arm by constantly having to hand mix everything. It also comes with a number of attachments and you can buy additional attachments. We have even made pasta with it!
Paleo chocolate chip cookies recipe with cassava flour
- Kitchen Aid stand mixer
- 2 cups Cassava flour
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil
- 1 cup Coconut milk
- 2/3 cup Honey
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Chocolate chips (dairy free)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F
- Combine all dry ingredients in stand mixer and sift until mixed together (except the chocolate chips)
- Add all remaining liquid ingredients and mix until smooth and there are no chunks remaining
- Pour in the chocolate chips and quickly mix until they are evenly distributed in the dough
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop 12 portions of cookie dough onto the baking sheet
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, checking at 15 minutes to see if they are done. If not, bake another five minutes.
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.