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IPINTADO Posts: 525
3/10/11 10:00 P

At home, I go for a short walk, jump rope to music, or ride a stationary bike. At work I go for a walk or stretch a little.

CATWOOMAN Posts: 847
3/10/11 8:47 P

Keep self busy. Reflect on how well I've been doing. Drink water. Make myself a latte or any kind of drink that I've accounted for in my calorie count. Go to bed.

SPARKYSERRANO SparkPoints: (10,021)
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3/10/11 8:06 P

I try to make sure they are NOT anywhere in the area...if they are close by, i WILL eat them if i am ither bored or stressed (or PMSng...or mad...or anxious...or mindless/too busy to supposedly think @ it)...some days i am SO strong and "feel" so healthy that it isn't even a flicker of a thought- other days...fahgettaboutit...!

COURTNEYPAIGE1 SparkPoints: (2,510)
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3/10/11 6:34 P

I drink a liter of water when I have cravings. This helps in a few different ways; if I'm feeling hungry and I'm really just thirsty, I just fixed that problem and if I'm just having a craving then I feel too full of water to eat anything. Drinking water also helps when I feel like I want to watch a movie or tv show and mindlessly munch on junk food. If I'm drinking water instead it keeps my hands moving and I don't feel like I need to eat. If I really just want a snack though, I'll have a sugar free jell-o cup. Yum (:

MMMSON SparkPoints: (0)
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3/10/11 6:15 P

Nice thanks. This made my day.

SM-ARTGIRL SparkPoints: (27,360)
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3/10/11 6:09 P

Your sweets craving means your body is lacking in some nutrient(s) or is tired.
My tip is make getting enough sleep a top priority, drink water all day long, especially when you crave sweets and like others have suggested: keep fruit or cherry toms or cucumber on hand...oh and baby carrots are sweet and crunchy stress busters!
Good luck with your major life changes. emoticon

OOPSIE-DAISY SparkPoints: (8,140)
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3/10/11 5:11 P

oh! one more thing...everyone says to NOT buy the junk food, and it's a good rule, but every once in a while I do buy a bag of chips. Fingerfood is my downfall, so I will snack on grape tomatoes. Love them. They are a little tart and a little sweet and I can have a bowlful if I want with hardly any calories. And they're good for you!

Also, if you pick a hobby like cross-stitch or scrapbooking, you can't eat snacky foods that will get your project dirty.

OOPSIE-DAISY SparkPoints: (8,140)
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3/10/11 5:07 P

I had a really rough month, too, and totally fell off the wagon. I also moved and just started cooking again after about 3 weeks of eating out. I was doing so well before, I can't believe how hard it is to get back on track.

Someone mentioned that they are online sometimes, and I do that too. It has to be something mindless, so I can still watch my show and not be distracted. So...a lot of times I'll be playing games like Farmville. If I am absolutely determined that my life/day sucks and EATING junk will help....well, I will put the computer down, but mostly it works. Distraction. emoticon

STAMPINGRL2 SparkPoints: (6,027)
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3/10/11 5:05 P

I feel like I never had this problem before. But lately I crave sweets more than ever before and I tend to give in to them. I do count my calories and I try to eat healthy, but sometimes I am just in the mood for something. Granted, I don't usually buy anything really fattening as I know that I have no will-power and if it isn't there then I can eat it. But it tends to be eating more than I should. I know the 20 minute rule (wait 20 min after you've eaten and you will be full)...but I don't stick with it. Sometimes I am so hungry that I just keep eating. I do think it has to do with not eating as soon as I should. I would like to eat every 3-4 hours, but that doesn't always happen. And my day always starts out so good..but then I just get really hungry...or bored I guess is the real word I am looking for as I don't think I am really that hungry when I keep stuffing my face LOL.

A lot of good suggestions here..I need to focus on something else..and sitting in front of the tv doesn't work. I know I should keep myself busy..but sometimes it is so hard.



SG11505 SparkPoints: (23,080)
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3/10/11 4:53 P

This series of articles helped me to get a handle on my stress eating:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=693

My first month at SP was very hard for me to get a grip on the emotional eating but that was my focus. I blogged about it then got out of the house and away from the food! It was work but now I find that even though I still get that stressed feeling I no longer have an overwhelming desire to munch. It took avoiding and time! My habits are changing though.

I still use gum when I think I'm just getting the munchies and brushing my teeth or again, I leave the room. I go read a book or something though reading for me used to be a time to snack.

Most of all, I didn't get super down on myself if I messed up and gave in to the craving. I just tried to do better next time. I tried to imprint the feeling I had after I ate whatever it was, the feeling of "it wasn't worth it" and tried to recall that the next time BEFORE I ate the food. Kind of like 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' though at that time I wasn't feeling skinny at all!

Keep up the good work! Being a part of this awesome community helps so much!


JONICACALDWELL Posts: 1,250
3/10/11 4:17 P

Knit or read. If your hands are full you can't be eating.

GOOBER04 Posts: 69
3/10/11 2:02 P

Just don't buy it!! Get fruit and more fruit. lol. But the real issue is the stress not the food. You need to deal with the underlying issues in order to get over this. I have the same issue and battle with it everyday. The way I conquer it is by reading articles on SP about it. They teach me ways to avoid the emotional issues and they also help keep me motivated. Another thing I started doing is keeping a journal of everything I eat and what I felt when I ate it. That way you can start seeing how much you eat just because of emotions. Seeing it all out on paper in front of your eyes is motivating and creates a need/drive to win the battle.

JTANDLM98 Posts: 345
3/10/11 1:21 P

I agree with everyone here - take a walk, call a friend, read a book, turn on the music and dance.

JMCROF SparkPoints: (7,472)
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3/10/11 12:51 P

It is a struggle. I try to recognize it as what it is. boredom and I try to find something to do. If I get busy, I usually forget about it. A walk could not only help with not eating, but add to my aerobic points on here. emoticon

TISTYEN Posts: 214
3/10/11 12:47 P

Boredom/Stress eating is a major problem of mine as well -- the more so because I am diabetic, so I have to eat on a schedule to keep my sugar balanced. At home, I have to be stricter with myself than at work because at work, people are watching, so I can talk myself out of it. At home, all I can say is thank goodness for cats! They are the cure for boredom and stress. I can't get too bored at home, because one of them usually wants something. Cats are also experts at stress management. I find petting or playing with them (or even just watching them snooze) very calming. I don't keep anything in easy reach except water or tea; that way I have to actually make the decision to get up and go get something. Since I'm basically bone idle, that involves a conversation with myself about whether food is what I really want.

SKNYTWINK Posts: 307
3/10/11 12:41 P

I have started chewing gum Extra has some yummy flavors that take your mind off food and gets you focused on flavors instead.

JMUCKINHOUPT SparkPoints: (62,753)
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3/10/11 11:49 A

I also struggle with this. I am trying what I read about in one of the articles. It stated that you should think how you were successful with this problem before and try those strategies again... instead of constantly telling yourself what you did wrong. I'm going to try. It is hard to curb my sweet tooth.

CINDERSC SparkPoints: (18,516)
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3/10/11 11:33 A

I struggle with this and have enjoyed reading everyone's helpful ideas. Thanks very much!

ELENA_DIEM Posts: 99
3/10/11 11:24 A

I just have to leave the situation, if I can. I leave the house. I make up some excuse to run an errand to another dept if I'm at work and I just go, and walk and breathe and think happy thoughts haha. If I really can't up and start walking, I'll move in place or in my chair or listen to music or make a cup of tea or coffee.

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3/10/11 10:21 A

YES.. can't wait till the spring air arrives... I think it will be different too b/c then we will be taking the stroller and walking!!! emoticon

JUSTG71 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/10/11 10:00 A

this is my biggest challenge. Eating when bored/stressed. My office is full of chocoholics so there is always munchies. I have to keep myself occupied of I sabotage my plans.

I also thought that eating sugar or drinking caffeinated beverages would help with the sleepiness but truth is the only thing that helps is going to bed at a decent hour.

Hoping when the weather warms up and the skies turn blue again that I'll be more energetic.

SAROBINSON4 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/10/11 9:37 A

This is good I'm a newbie to this site and it is good to know that I'm not alone in SWEET EATING!!! I'm a new mom of twins boys (5 months) and I want my baby weight gone but w/ not enough sleep and not enough exercise due to LACK of sleep sometimes I find myself eating just to stay awake at work!!! emoticon

ELISSA62385 SparkPoints: (9,776)
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3/9/11 11:38 P

So glad that I'm not alone on this. Even if I don't want food I'l eat it because I know it's there. I'm guessing either boredom or subconscious emotions that cause my bad snack habit. It's mainly sweets so I'm trying to pre portion everything out. I've also noticed strawberries help curb my sweet tooth. I've had it with low cal ice cream. All of these tips are very helpful.

TONIABLAKE SparkPoints: (19,301)
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3/9/11 11:31 P

I keep my water bottle (filled with Crystal Light) nearby. The flavor satisfies the desire to have something in my mouth and the water makes me feel full. Also, surround yourself with healthy foods,so if you do start grazing the damage wont be too bad.

LIVE_N_LEARN1 SparkPoints: (36,172)
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3/9/11 9:48 P

take a warm bath with bubbles ,lights off and candles lit.. even add a little soft music.. and just relax!.. you know you could use a little of that

TOTHESUN SparkPoints: (5,653)
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3/9/11 9:19 P

I make the decision to hit not the refridgerator, but my running shoes (insert your favorite exercise here). You can translate anger or stress into exercising your hardest. It has the double benefit of reducing stress and raising your emotional state, while helping you reach your goal, which will improve your mood even more! :)

KARYBS Posts: 6
3/9/11 9:00 P

I think there are so many great ideas. I think it's been good for me to realize I am not alone and many people are feeling and doing the same things I am. I think the gum, water and fruit are great ideas. I am finding when I track my calories I feel more in control. I also realize that I have had enough even when I don't think my body has caught up yet. I can look back and then remember what I have had (I have a very short food memory). I am very new to the site, but I think tracking my food reduces my stress. Good luck and thanks for bringing up something that we all struggle with to some extent. I know I appreciate the input.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
3/9/11 8:43 P

What works for me is to have a plan for the day. When I don't have a plan is when I deviate. I plan my breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack the night before and have everything ready and mostly prepared or know what I need on hand to prepare my dinner etc.

I also eat every 2-3 hours so never go more than 3 hours without fueling my body. If I am a bit hungry before my 2 hours is up I drink water and try to wait the 2 hours. I also drink water at all my meals and try to drink a full 8 oz.

Planning ahead for me is the key. If you snack while watching TV, then plan a snack during that time.

MOMMYF3 Posts: 6
3/9/11 8:22 P

I am new to the group and this is definately one of my biggest issues. I am a huge emotional eater. I could be sad, mad, tired, bored, stressed....it all sends me to want to just shove stuff in my mouth. I really need to make concious efforts to put the food down or find something that won't put me into a downwward spiral for the rest of the day.

JOYOUS111 SparkPoints: (31,426)
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3/9/11 7:38 P

deal with the problem that is causing the stress or making you bored....don't cover it or ignore it with food...

JULESELLEN Posts: 1,710
3/9/11 7:18 P

it a constant stuggle

FAR2PHAT SparkPoints: (1,614)
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3/9/11 7:09 P

I went out and bought a bulk package of disposable To Go containers and a whack of fruits and veggies. I washed and sliced and put them into the containers so they were quick & easy. I had 6 containers of sliced oranges/6 containers of sliced cucumbers etc etc...At least if I can't fight my 'Bored Eating' I am eating something healthy :)

LARIESHA Posts: 3,179
3/9/11 6:57 P

I consume myself with my scrapbooking. I have to use my hands when I am stressed. I never get bored there is always something for me to do.

SCAZARES39 Posts: 456
3/9/11 5:41 P

I put a piece of gum in my mouth or go for a walk.. anything other than eating just because I am board!!!

TLIRVINE Posts: 31
3/9/11 4:39 P

I think we all have the same problem. Keeping busy or distracted is the key for me. When I'm sitting in front of the tv & hear the pantry calling me, I log into SparkPeople on my phone and read a few articles or message boards and it helps. If it doesn't though, I read the calories of whatever I reach for and see if I can justify it. IF that doesn't work, I go look in the mirror at myself naked-that usually does the trick emoticon

JUNEBUGG02 Posts: 911
3/9/11 3:36 P

I'm learning to put the portion I want to eat in a bowl or small plate and eat from the bowl or plate and not bring an entire sleeve of crackers and a jar of peanut butter so that I do not eat mindlessly. When the container is empty, I'm done.

Edited by: JUNEBUGG02 at: 3/9/2011 (15:36)
PEGGYANNSCH SparkPoints: (83,301)
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3/9/11 2:41 P

That is not easy because I get like that sometimes.But I try to think about the way I want myself to look .

LEMON_SLICE Posts: 1
3/9/11 2:12 P

Like many people, I have this exact same problem. And in the past I would indulge in it, which would then lead to me wanting something savory. So basically it was bad news bears.

But here are things that, while definitely doesn't cute the cravings, it kind of helps alleviate it:

1) Gum. For me specifically peppermint or spearmint gum. Something minty.
2) Some fruit. For some extra sweetness, dip it in a little bit of honey.
3) A piece of hard candy. Usually one piece is just enough to stop the craving. Or at least I force myself that one piece will be enough.

G'luck with the move and everything else!

Edited by: LEMON_SLICE at: 3/9/2011 (14:13)
XSBLUESGIRL Posts: 2
3/9/11 1:48 P

Thanks for the question - I have that issue being bored at work. I'm trying to keep a few better choices available, such unsweetened applesauce, yogurt, and string cheese. I also keep a bag of dark chocolate kisses at my desk - some days I eat more than others, but it's easier for portion control. So, that's not really how NOT to eat, but different things to choose from.

Someone suggested gum - I think I'll take a walk and get some gum!

NANCYANNE1956 Posts: 492
3/9/11 12:40 P

I keep busy, even when I'm watching TV. I get most of my exercise walking in place while watching TV. I'm a sweets junkie, so I keep 100 calorie ice cream (favorite sweet) or sugar free pudding or sugar free candies in the house at all times.

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3/9/11 12:11 P

hello, glad you are with us, right now my motivation is down, I have not exercies for the pass month my body is in a low cycle, I don't feel like to exercise, but I want to. because if I don't I will not lose, my eating habit is not so bad. and I don't now what to do, I need help!!!! emoticon

CARROTTOP007 SparkPoints: (543)
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3/9/11 11:56 A

I agree with you. Eating in front of the television was and is one of my biggest challenges. To me it is a way of relaxing after work and at the same time feed yourself. I have set mini goals for specific days and times to eat at table. Its working and I will continue to set the bar higher. It helps prevent the mindless eating.

LIVING4HIM_INWI SparkPoints: (43,853)
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3/9/11 11:53 A

I think all of us have this problem at least sometimes. I try to keep water nearby plus high fiber snacks and gum. Some days are harder than others without really any reason. Sometimes the amount of sleep factors in though. Good luck and Welcome to Wisconsin!

CARROTTOP007 SparkPoints: (543)
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3/9/11 11:53 A

Yes, today is a new day. rather than beating yourself up you pick ur self up and start a new day. I am a stress eater myself. I have had to plan in advance and have good snacks ready to eat so when I get the urge I have options. It has helped me lose 45 pounds. Keep up the good work and good luck.

STARRHAGEN1 SparkPoints: (224)
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3/9/11 11:45 A

I just started spark people yesterday. I was so stressed when I got home I went through half a bag of Doritos. I gues today is a new day.

2KRAYZEE Posts: 933
3/9/11 11:44 A

Thank you for posting this question.Just wanted you to know you are not alone on this issue. I have a real hard time with this issue also. I think you have gotten some great ideas.


MEGHAN415 SparkPoints: (4,048)
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3/9/11 11:13 A

I eat when I am emotional as well and I haven't been able to quit the habit. I keep lots of fresh fruit in my house, that way if I am feeling stressed I am eating something healthy as opposed to a bowl of ice cream. It doesn't fix the problem, but it is a step in the right direction. . .

SUNSHINE7352 SparkPoints: (3,851)
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3/9/11 11:11 A

I used to have this problem too. Mostly it was because I would eat while watching television. I try to keep myself occupied now. I have busy work that I can do for school. Oftentimes I find myself keeping busy by just browsing around the forums and the rest of the site here. :)

It'll be hard at first but if you can find something to occupy your time, you'll be golden! Take up a sweet new hobby!

BLACKROSE_222 Posts: 4,800
3/9/11 11:08 A

Get everything 'junkie' out of the house - this shouldn't be hard if you are moving. Excellent excuse to clean up the cupboard.

As for tips to stop snacking, I am a big believer in keeping your mouth or hands busy. Try gum, or brushing your teeth (ever notice how everything tastes crappier when you just brushed your teeth). For the hands, I like knitting, or going for a run.

Take it one step at a time. Yoga is also FANTASTIC for stress, and you can easily fit it into a day in small chunks (I'll get up from my desk and do some small stretches, then go for a small walk, and come back - 5 minutes total).

EJWALKER774 SparkPoints: (3,172)
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3/9/11 10:54 A

This month has been tuff for me I just left a stressful job and now I am moving from KY to Appleton WI for a new job. So the way I deal with this is to eat. I eat even when am not hungry and I want something sweet everyday. How can I stop this so I can be healthy?

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