Stress Eating’s Evil Cousin

It’s that time of year where stress baking (stress eating’s evil cousin) can rear it’s ugly head.

Stress baking may be even more insidious than stress eating itself, in that you tend to eat even more sweets and generously “share” (read “push”) them on others.

The sharing part can be (of course) an innocent loving act, in which you share your homemade goodies that you know others will not be able to resist, and will sing your praises.

But for the most part, you aren’t doing them any favors, and you may be sharing your goodies so that you can have your cake and eat it too (just not ALL of it.)

It’s a strategy to control your own compulsive eating.

Ask any teacher about the goodies in the teacher’s lounge. It’s notoriously filled with sweets that are generously shared. Yes, I think teachers are probably some of the best bakers in the world!

Yet others can be filled with anxiety about overdoing it with so many goodies that are impossible to resist.

I recently read that the difference between a muffin and a cupcake is that when you throw the cupcake against the wall, it goes “smoosh” whereas the muffin falls flat.

I haven’t tested it out, but I confess to falling prey to stress baking, both my own and others. I love to bake to relax, and in my house, the leftovers don’t last long. But if I go on a baking spree, then we are all eating too much.

During the holidays, I bake only for special events and social get togethers. I keep the holidays as simple as possible, and I’ve tried to make a baking plan, so that I am not stress eating or stress baking. And I try to be sensitive to others who may be struggling to control their stress and overeating.

And I have deliberately stopped some of the baking traditions, so that I’m not making multitudes of sweets that my family doesn’t need.

Some traditions have long outlived their usefulness and just beg to be changed! In fact, sweets are by request only.

It’s still nice to have holiday traditions – they just don’t have to be fattening!

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Psychologist, Master Certified Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner. She is one of the world’s leading experts in using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help people lose weight without dieting, stop binge eating, and reduce anxiety and stress. She is the author of 4 Books on Emotional Freedom Techniques, the EFT Tips Newsletter, the Binge Eating Teleseminar and the EFT Weight Loss CD. Carol has a thriving coaching practice and is passionate about helping others succeed.

4 thoughts on “Stress Eating’s Evil Cousin

  1. Oh I know too well what you are talking about. Quite often when I feel stressed I start thinking about what to bake now…and I have baked cakes in a literally impossible short amount of time, basically adding to the stress I was feeling, but it still made me feel better because it felt like I was doing some good. Of course, after the stress baking I always end up eating more…
    .-= Petra Weiss´s last blog ..The Gabriel Method Weight Loss – Progress Report =-.

  2. LOL on the difference between a muffin and a cupcake.

    I’m gonna leave most of the baking up to Whole Foods this year, so I can get plenty stressed about other things. No! I will not be one iota stressed this season. Not one!

    I was a bit stressed last weekend and did a lot of mindless munching. The trick, as you say on this blog, really is eliminating the stress. I’m getting better at that, just saying NO to new projects.
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Baby’s First Halloween =-.

  3. Carol — Thanks for reminder about stress eating and the holidays. Basically, what I do is just not keep sweets in the house. We can give them as a gift, or if a dinner get together, I can enjoy them for dinner, but after dinner…they have to go:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Awash in Decision =-.

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