Eating While Stressed Out: Our Readers' Favorite Foods to Eat

Eating While Stressed Out: Our Readers' Favorite Foods to Eat

Ariel Knutson
Mar 14, 2017
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Everyone feels stressed, and everyone has some anxiety, but it's the level at which we experience it and how we deal with it that sets us apart. Some people might find some solace in going running, while others think the best thing you can do is take a hot shower and go to bed. It's so personal, and yet I always love hearing how other people take care of themselves or find comfort when they're stressed or anxious.

Food is one way we can take care of ourselves every day — and I'm not talking about just "healthy" options. A couple weeks ago I asked our readers to tell me what they eat when they're stressed and I received a bevy of answers. Here are some of the trends I saw in the comment section on Facebook and on the post itself.

1. Popcorn

Popcorn is an easy, cheap option for when you need to much on something ASAP to relieve some stress. Go the microwave route, or make some on the stovetop.

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2. Chips

This is by far the most popular thing our readers like to eat when they're stressed. Tortilla chips and potato chips — they're both winners.

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3. Cheese

Just give me a big chunk of cheddar and I'll feel a whole lot better.

4. Peanut Butter

Some of our readers like to eat peanut butter straight from the jar when they're stressed, while others like to make a quick sandwich.

5. Herbal Tea

A quick cup of chamomile tea will calm your nerves when you're stressed.

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6. Chocolate

The cure for most problems in life probably involves something chocolate-y.

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7. Wine

A couple of our readers mentioned beer or bourbon, but the resounding booze of choice to drink when stressed is wine.

8. Mashed Potatoes

Just look at that swirl of mashed potatoes and tell me you don't feel calm.

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9. Cereal

Choose your own adventure with cereal and milk.

10. Mac and Cheese

Eating cheesy noodles really does feel like a warm blanket for your soul.

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11. Ramen

Whether you go for the packaged stuff or the from-scratch stuff, you'll always feel a little bit better with a bowl of ramen.

12. Ice Cream

When in doubt, reach for a pint of your favorite ice cream.

13. Pad Thai

Extra spicy, please.

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14. Cake

Baking is the most delicious way to combat stress.


The two most popular responses, however, aren't about a particular food or recipe. They also happen to be on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.

Did we miss anything on this list? Please let us know in the comments.

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