How to Stop Emotional Eating and Heal Your Relationship with Food

How to Stop Emotional Eating and Heal Your Relationship with Food

How many of us have done this: we just got home from the WORST day ever. Our boss screamed at us again, we were late to everything, and by the time we get home, the only thing we can think about doing is plunging face-first into a huge tub of ice cream and whatever else we have in our kitchens. We all have those comfort foods we love to turn to when we aren’t feeling great. However, while it may make you feel good for a moment, food is not going to make all that stress go away. This week on The Stress Less Show, we are talking about food and emotional eating - a huge issue for so many of us out there. I brought Jessica Procini, founder of Escape From Emotional Eating, on the show to help us learn how to stop using food as a way to cope with our stress…

Rest Day Recipe: Easy Apple Krisp


Easy Apple Krisp

Serving: 8-10


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if making this recipe GF)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal*
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or coconut oil, if making this recipe vegan)
  • 4 apples, cored and diced (about 5-6 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add oats, almond meal, nuts, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl, and toss until combined.  Add maple syrup and melted butter (or coconut oil), then toss until combined.  Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and toss until combined.  Spread the apple mixture evenly into a greased 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch pan, then sprinkle the oat mixture evenly on top of the apples.
  1. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden and the apples are soft and cooked through.  Serve immediately.  (I served mine with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.)
  1. Or let the apple crisp cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

*If you can't find almond meal at the store, you can pulse almonds in a food processor until fine to make almond meal.  OR, you can substitute in white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour) in place of the almond meal.

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Rest Day Recipe: Protein Pancakes with Peanutbutter and Blueberries

This week's rest day recipes comes from a good friend, Larisa Manzo, who recommended the protein waffles recipe from As with any waffle recipe you can also make pancakes--and that is exactly what Larisa did. Protein Pancakes by Larisa Manzo


Protein pancakes with peanut butter and blue berries (331 calories/ 38 grams of protein/ 14 grams of fat/ 16 grams of carbs)

Mix following ingredients and cook:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Larisa used GNC Advanced Vanilla Whey Protein)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Stevia (Larisa didn't use it but the recipe does call for it)

Serve with 50 grams of blueberries and 1 tbsp of chunky peanutbutter and enjoy!

Rest Day Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie



1. Chop up 1-2 small potatoes (and boil them until done), a few carrots, and a quarter of an onion.


2. Put chicken in a pan and fill it with water until the chicken is covered. Boil the chicken until done.


3. While potatoes and chicken are cooking, prepare crust. Use the directions from the jiffy pie crust box.


4. When potatoes are done, strain and put in a pie dish along with the carrots, onions and salt and pepper to taste. 5. When chicken is done, put broth (chicken water to taste) in pie dish. Tear chicken into small pieces and put in the pie dish.



6. Take your prepared pie crust and cover all the ingredients.


7. Bake in the oven for approx. 35 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees.


Rest Day Recipes: Quick & Easy Trail Mix

Trail Mix is super easy and high in healthy fats and protein.

How to make Trail Mix:

  1. Go to the section of your grocery store where they have those bins full of treats.
  2. Grab a variety of nuts of your choice
  3. Grab a scoop of M&M's (mine are homemade--they're SLIGHTLY healthier) or sweet treat of your choice (sometimes I get Reese's Pieces or mini homemade peanut butter cups). WARNING: To ensure that you're trail mix is does more good than harm to your body, diet, etc., limit the amount of this item in the overall recipe/mix.
  4. Grab a big ol' scoop of raisins or craisins or whatever dried fruit your heart desires.
  5. Anddd lastly, mix all those ingredients together.

Trail Mix is a great alternative to the granola bar (what the heck sticks those things together anyway?--lots of unneeded sugar). Anyway, Trail Mix is delicious and easy for "on the go" and for pre/post-workouts. Enjoy!

Rest Day Recipe: Portobello Pesto Pizza


Okay, I have to admit that I haven't tried this recipe yet, but dang does it look super freaking delicious.

Yesterday's Yummy: Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini

garlic-lemon-and-parmesan-oven-roasted-zucchini-edit+srgb. Sunday night I tried this EASY AND DELICIOUS treat for dinner! I'm still craving more that's how good it was! All you need is a zucchini, olive/vegetable oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese! SCORE! Check out Cooking Classy's recipe here! :D

Feelin' Better (Day 39: April 28, 2015)


The Morning After (Day 37: April 26, 2015)


Carlee's Homemade Breakfast Bowls

TADA! Carlee's Simple Homemade Breakfast Bowl.


Calorie Breakdown:

  • Large White Tortilla-------------------------200
  • 2 Large Eggs------------------------------------140
  • 2 Slices Bacon----------------------------------70
  • 1/8 cup Mexican Shredded Cheese--50

This meal was definitely filling and as always the calories can be cut even more by buying even healthier products such as smaller wheat tortillas, low fat cheese or turkey bacon (I was just using some leftover ingredients from around my house :P ). Happy Eating! :)

The Dinner of Champions...JK!

Let's hope not lol. Although these classics-- a blt and a pbj--were pretttty delicious! 😛 I kept these bad boys low in calories by using Nature's Harvest's 40 calories per slice wheat bread and smuckers low sugar raspberry preserves. 😜

Wheat Bagel BLT Heaven

Here's the link to the photo (and recipe) that inspired my delicious dinner last night: the Wheat Bagel BLT. 😍😍😍😋😋😋 Check out the picture of mine (right) vs pinterest's (left). Lol, I somehow avoided a pinterest fail. IT WAS DELICIOUS! 👌👏👍✊