Eating mindlessly while upset or anxious is something most of us have experienced. We tend to blame ourselves for the behavior, pointing to weakness or lack of control. In fact, stress automatically initiates biologic changes that can increase appetite, add fat and interfere with the ability to make healthy food choices.
Fortunately, we can change our unwanted snacking habits without ignoring hunger pangs or avoiding tasty food. A good first step is learning how the body responds to stress. It helps take guilt out of the process and allows you to make some effective changes in how and what you eat.