Episode 124: Stress Eating and Comfort Foods

Monday, February 18, 2019
Welcome back! We've had some tough times and thus, a lot of emotional eating of comfort foods. We talk about the science and psychology behind emotional eating and how it leads us to eat all the foods that are full of fats, sugars, and carbs. We also try to discuss ways to NOT emotional eat. Plus, we discuss the 10-in-1 Surlatab Ulitmate Silicone Fork and Daiya Shreds (aka vegan cheese).

Let's taco 'bout it!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Did you listen to our episode with Chef Justice Stewart? What a great interview, plus we have his cookbook giveaway! Make sure to enter at his website.
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Winter received the Surlatab Silicone Ultimate Fork (the 10-in-1 fork) over Christmas, and she likes it and it's been handy, though Lee doesn't think it didn't work well for separating (eggs). Winter's rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Emotional eating can be triggered by stress, which dumps into the body epinephrine (adrenaline). However, if stress is constant, it can dump into the body cortisol, which can ramp up appetite. This can keep this switch on if our stress is constant.

  • Psychologically speaking, emotional eating can be a bad feedback loop. The comfort foods give you a sense of belonging.
  • We listen to Brene Brown (see her TED talks here and here), because she talks about shame, belonging, and true happiness.
  • The research about emotional eating may not be the most accurate according to this article.
  • Brownies! Brownies! Brownies! It's a real place.
  • Tactics for not stress/emotional eating: Sharon forces herself to make the comfort food. Winter is getting into meditation and I'm excited for a friend who is starting a meditation Youtube station. Plus, I made a list of things that helps me relax that is not food-related.

Run Time: 33 minutes

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