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Serving Up Stress Relief: Comfort Food In High Demand

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"Even if you gain one or two pounds, that carries over every year," she tells WebMD. The cumulative effects after 20 years: a whopping 10 or 20 pounds.

Don't think you have to join a gym or be in marathon training to reap the benefits of exercise, Rosenbloom says. "That's so far from the truth." Walking works just fine, she says.

Just don't deny yourself a little indulgence, adds Hack. "The truth is, some indulgence right now isn't horrible. Taking care of yourself a little bit -- taking a hot bath, eating an ice cream cone, whatever is really pleasurable -- can help in times of extreme stress. The point is knowing that it can become a vicious cycle. If you've had food problems in the past, you don't want to start the cycle again."

Here's an idea: "Try warming some milk at bedtime," he suggests. Whether you realize it or not, "it reminds you of mother's milk. It also settles you down, because [the] lactose [in milk] induces sleep."

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