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Trapped in the house with a fridge filled with food? While we are practicing social distancing, and reading all-things coronavirus, it’s tempting to turn to food for comfort and escape during stressful times. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress eating or emotional eating, is a conscious or unconscious effort to suppress or soothe negative emotions. Eating patterns can range from overeating to severe caloric restriction.

People who eat for emotional or stress cravings often gain too much weight. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, this puts people at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and cancer.

What can we do to curb stress eating?
• Eat healthy meals
• Keep a journal
• Stay connected
• Exercise
• Find other interests
• Seek help if needed

Emotional eating is something that many people struggle with on a regular basis, but with the coronavirus, the challenges are real. It might be a bag of chips or a steak, but whatever the food choice, learning how to control it and using moderation is the key.

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