I did a Google search on what causes stress in people’s lives and I found things like unemployment, divorce, financial problems, health issues, fatigue and so on. In reflecting on how I deal with stress, let’s just say that far, far less than unemployment has caused me to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting!
Yes, I’m talking about stress eating. Most of us have had the unfortunate pleasure of experiencing it at one point or another, and it is not for the faint of heart. I can down a whole can of party peanuts if Auden has a particularly bad day at school! Thankfully I have come to terms with the real me and I am now able to recognize the signs of impending stress and do a fairly good job of not eating us out of house and home when things get rough. Please allow me to share some of my tips, and I welcome any you have to share that have worked for you.
There’s a restaurant chain here in Atlanta called Seasons 52. Its concept is genius: Every entrée is under 475 calories. Self-described as “seasonally inspired healthier dining,” there’s a focus on seasonal cuisine and healthy ingredient choices and cooking methods like grilling. The best thing are the desserts: After your dinner plates have been cleared away, the server brings a tray bearing a bunch of shot glasses lined up like soldiers. Layered in each glass is a different parfait-like dessert, like pecan pie, red velvet cake, and key lime pie. You’d think a 1-ounce shot glass of these luscious desserts wouldn’t be enough to be satisfying, but the miniature size encourages you to slowly savor the treat, taking tiny spoonfuls and truly enjoying it. And at the end, you realize you are indeed satisfied with the tiny portion, and the smaller, healthier meal on the whole.