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Are You a Stress Eater?

I don't think it is possible to listen to the news without becoming at least somewhat stressed. First there is the economy, then more bad news from the Middle East, anxiety about the upcoming presidential election, and in my neck of the woods, fires. Many people reach for carbohydrate-rich foods when they are stressed, and often sugary ones at that. Carbs help the brain make serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. Stress eating is often unconscious, which can sabotage a diet and make it hard to maintain a healthy weight.

While you can try to nourish yourself and placate the gnawing stress in your belly by healthier means than donuts, it can be hard. One creative business owner opened a smash shack where you can throw plates at a wall to relieve your stress. I guess better to throw a plate than to eat the plate.

What I want to know is . . .

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