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You’ve been putting in extra-long days at work. Your partner is really ticking you off. You have 500 things on your to-do list. So what do you do? You make a beeline to the fridge and stuff your face with sugary, carb-laden foods you know you’ll regret later. Stress eating is super common, but luckily, there are strategies to keep it at bay. Here are seven mindful eating techniques from chef, nutritionist and reiki master Serena Poon.  

“Are you eating because you are actually hungry? Or because of a habit or emotion?” Poon says that becoming aware of your body’s sensations is a great first step in empowered eating. The more in touch you are with why you’re actually reaching for that box of Oreos, the better you can control unhealthy eating habits.

This one’s about being less stressed overall. “Meditation is an incredible tool that allows us to shift our state of mind,” Poon tells us. “In my experience, a daily meditation practice, even if only for a few minutes, can be very effective at reducing overall stress, keeping us focussed and grounded, reducing stress-related eating habits.”

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