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Eating and Stress – Techniques to Deal with Stress Eating

by nina on November 30, 2011

stress and eatingDo you overeat because of stress? Are you an emotional eater or a stress eater?

Stress and eating seem to go hand in hand when you have an eating disorder. Feelings of  stress and emotional discomfort are often the major drivers that cause us to turn to food to deal with the painful and what appear to be unbearable emotions.

But you know I would never leave a problem without providing you with at least one effective solution.

Here are 2 great ones that I use all the time, whenever I feel that stress and overwhelm taking over and both have been highly effective. The main purpose behind them is to get your mind off the stressful thoughts or emotions and to connect you back to your breath and the present moment.

Techniques to deal with Stress and Eating without turning to food…

Watch this Video on Dealing With Stress and Eating Using an ancient and yet highly effective technique. Hint: You don’t have to watch the whole video – I get into the technique at 3 minutes.

This video explains a great ancient technique that is the simplest thing I have heard of and I use it constantly. No, it does not require hours of meditation, chanting, learning anything new or being an enlightened yogi… check out the video and try it!

The second little strategy that I recently discovered is also short, simple and can be used anywhere, anytime.

It is called the Clear Button—designed to banish fearful thoughts and stop the escalating stress.

This 10-second strategy works because it creates a distraction from the primitive brain where fear resides. Test it out for yourself – it only takes 10 seconds!

  1. Imagine that there is a button in the center of your left palm. Now imagine that this button, when pressed, will send a signal to your brain to stop the fearful and stressful thinking.
  2. Press the button with your right hand as you become aware of your breath.
  3. Take three slow and easy breaths, counting them out.
  4. Imagine a different color for each number.
  5. As you exhale, relax in the present moment.

I hope these 2 strategies have been helpful!

I love being able to share these things with you and I never share anything that I haven’t tried and tested myself.

Don’t forget to leave comments about other tips and techniques that have worked for you that others could also benefit from!

With Love and total Belief in Your Recovery,


P.S. Just a reminder that today is the last day for the special price offer of my Recover From Eating Disorders Book – get it while it is still at the discounted price!

Nina Vucetic

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

luna December 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

You are a real angel!! thank you for everything.


nina December 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thank you!
It is a pleasure to be able to help you in any way that I can!
Love Nina 🙂


Dolly December 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Hey! I have some questions about eating intuetively:
If you get full really fast, and your stomach is hurting, is it still possible to eat intuitively?
And if it feels like you’re hungry almost all the time, but the stomach is hurting and you’re feeling bloated and uncomfortable?
I think it is the stress and angst that is doing the stomach ache and the early fullness,
And I also get really hungry in the night, I eat a lot during the night but not in the day.
Do you have any advise?


nina December 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hi Dolly,

It seems like you just need to listen to your body. If your stomach feels full and it is hurting – that is an obvious signal to stop.
Also I would look at the motivation behind not eating during the day – is it possible restricting and trying to control your weight?
Getting honest about behavior like this is a great start and step into intuitive eating

Love Nina 🙂


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