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I'm Trying to Control My Stress-Related Binge Eating
Use your balance sheet to convince yourself to begin practicing a different method of stress release. My own preference is a good, hard workout, but tai chi, meditation, and yoga are all possible solutions. While it may be impossible to purge stress from your life, you can change how you handle it and how it affects you.

For the times when stress strikes and food seems like the only option, keep a stash of "eat these when crazed" foods handy. A square of dark chocolate—at least 60 percent cocoa—is very satisfying, and it's actually good for you. I like shredded wheat cereal; keep a little bag on hand so that you can crunch away the stress while getting some whole grains.

David L. Katz, MD, is director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and a medical consultant for ABC News.
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