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IWILLBEWELLTOO SparkPoints: (63,717)
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3/25/15 12:10 P

Having only healthy snacks around is a great idea, however if you eat too much of anything it will lead to weight gain. Portion control is key for me. If for instance you have a piece of cheesecake in your refrigerator and you eat 1/3 of it over three days it is not as bad as eating it all in one sitting. You still get the indulgence of something you love.

ZOMBELLAXJ SparkPoints: (1,552)
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3/24/15 9:27 P

I've done this for as long as I can remember. Now I try to keep unhealthy snacks out of the house but I just have to be tough on myself and remember that a moment of happiness from food isn't worth the bad feelings I get because I ate said food.

IWILLBEWELLTOO SparkPoints: (63,717)
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3/23/15 5:17 P

I think one aspect of treating ourselves with food comes from using food as a reward. "If you are good, I will give you a cookies." So now we are rewarding ourselves...

LILLYROSEGRAM Posts: 2,907
1/28/15 11:01 P

One strategy is to make a list of all the things that run across your mind as things you "should" be getting done, things like: call my mom; clean out the junk drawer; change the shower curtain; go through my kid's closet and put the things he/she has outgrown in a give away box. Then whenever you are stressed or thinking about what you can eat, pick one thing from the list and do it instead of eating.

STEELERGURL SparkPoints: (27,828)
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1/5/15 11:43 P

I eat when I am happy or sad, lonely or scared, to celebrate or to make me feel better. When I was little, my mom started to date this guy who shouldn't have been allowed to breathe let alone be around her 3 children. She spent all of her time with this man. Ignored me for 6 years. I ate then and still do now cause I felt unloved. The food gave me comfort.

YOGAGROOVE Posts: 115
1/5/15 11:21 P

yeah I grab food when I am upset, mad, really happy, etc., I've gotten better but not quite there yet

FUTURERUNNER78 Posts: 8
12/22/14 12:07 A

I am definitely an emotional eater!! On sugary things when I'm stressed. I need to break this habit. emoticon

PEAR-170 Posts: 122
6/29/14 6:06 A

Although I am very subconscious on what I eat the temptation is always lingering

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4/14/14 5:55 P

It's hard to be consistent. But I am trying to keep it going to lose the rest of the weight.

FANNYMANSON SparkPoints: (20,201)
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4/14/14 5:41 P

Try painting your nails when you have a snack attack. You won't want to wreck your nail polish by snacking.

TWINMOM555 Posts: 130
2/25/14 6:22 P

I have been a stress eater for some time and I'm now working on it and making a bit of progress.

I always ask myself, "How will I feel AFTER I eat this?" That sometimes stops the damage. And a lot of times, busying yourself for 10-15 minutes is all it takes to dodge a bullet. Go for a quick walk, make some tea, chew some gum--anything to help you replace the anxious I Have To Eat Something behavior with something else. I haven't mastered it but I am getting better. I also write down when these things happen and it really helps with awareness.

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1/24/14 4:24 P

I am a stress eater as well. I am single mom and have been for 10 years raising my daughter. I have always been a yo-yo dieter and stress eater. Things get overwhelming and I eat when I am bored at night is when it hits me. I am working on that. Journaling helps get it sorted out. Seeing my calories that I have eaten really opens my eyes to what I am putting in my body. I feel better when I eat all natural foods, but I feel sluggish, lethargic when I eat non-healthy foods.

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1/6/14 2:00 A

I'm inspired by everyone's candidness about stress eating. I'm somewhat reluctant to admit I don't have control of what I put in my mouth, but the last year has broken my ability to hide from the fact I'm a stress eater. I lost 30 lbs and kept it off with regular exercise and healthy eating, then life happened big time. My folks moved closer to me because of health issues. I'm their full-time caregiver, and raising a young family of three (9 yo , twin toddlers & hubby).

My situation is overwhelming for me emotionally and physically. Just getting in a 2mile jog seems like Mt. Everest. Grabbing that can of coke never felt so good going down.

I, too, believe in the power of journalizing your daily food intake and activity. I hope the new year will inspire the fitness writer in me once again.

Hoping to chat with the great souls on this board for inspiration and support.

Edited by: DOENUTFREE at: 1/6/2014 (02:01)
MOOSEKEETER Posts: 9
1/5/14 10:32 A

That is exactly what my nutrition therapist said to me. Because of my stress my body is in distress and holding onto everything in my body. I really need to take everything one day at a time and be stronger.

KATLALEX SparkPoints: (16,434)
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1/1/14 6:08 P

I have this issue as well. I have 4 kids and teach school. Can be very stressful! I'm hoping to keep cut up veggies on hand to give me the "crunch" I'm looking for in a healthier way! We will see if it works! Hang in there! Do the best you can and move on from there!

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ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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12/28/13 1:28 A

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MGB8D2 Posts: 9
12/27/13 8:40 P

This has been a problem for me recently. I've lost almost 20 pounds, but have had some stress/drama that's been pretty upsetting. I'm not sure I'm necessarily eating to make it all feel better; perhaps it's more because I feel down about the situation and stop caring about what I put in my body. I've got to figure out how to use bad situations as motivation, rather than distractions.

FALLENLEAVES28 SparkPoints: (1,267)
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12/8/13 11:18 A

Write it down!

Buy a little journal and write down everything you eat (including the calories). Also track the activities you do throughout the day. Keep it as a fitness journal strictly. Don't use it for anything else and carry it with you wherever you go. While you are at home place it in the kitchen.

If you dedicate yourself to a journal I can assure you this will reduce emotional eating.

Besides emotions; stress, boredom, addictive additives (like sugar), and availability of food will increase the frequency of eating.

1. To reduce stress and emotions try exercising! It will improve your mood.

2. Avoid processed food. There are chemicals in many of these foods(especially refined sugars) that trigger the hunger response in your brain.

3. Keep unhealthy food out of reach! If kids what a treat buy them yummy fruit.

Best of luck xoxo

TBRUNNER45204 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/15/13 8:24 A

I am a big stress eater, I try to keep cut up veggies in the fridge so when I do get stressed, I have a better choice to grab and I don't have to stop and cut and de-seed... Most of the time this helps! Good Luck. emoticon

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10/12/13 10:45 A

There is something else that may be going on too. Chronic stress can change the way your hormones respond and can develop a condition that makes it hard for your body to calm down. Your body will hold onto fat at times like that. The cravings may be your body's way of preparing for hard times.... So anything you can do to handle stress would be the key. Like exercise, yoga, meditation, riding a horse or whatever works for you. Everyone is different.

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10/6/13 12:18 A

Yah I found that focusing on healthy first, over time I am handling stress better and losing weight. Wow! Who knew?

SV9910 Posts: 23
10/1/13 3:16 P

I find it helps to sip herbal tea or coffee. This usually curbs cravings. Try to snack on fresh fruit for something sweet and filling. A few minutes of exercise, a short walk or playing with kids outside can be a nice distraction. Sometimes I do indulge as long as it is only once or twice a week. Good luck!


PARKSCANADA Posts: 4,802
9/23/13 9:26 A

I also have 5 kids so I know how chaotic life can get. I used to go hide in the car in the garage when everything got overwhelming and I didn't want to eat. I'd turn on the radio and just breathe for 10 minutes before I went back in. But as you said, sometimes you just can't up and leave. Good luck with everything. They do grow up and you will eventually find time for yourself. My kids are 25, 23, 21, 19, and 16 now.

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9/22/13 1:23 A

I don't know if this'll help but I'll share what I've done...

I meditate.
I eat protein foods and stay away from diet drinks.
I severely reduce refine carbs.

All these things reduce my cravings. I think they help my body stay in balance, chemically.

HEALTHYMOMMA83 Posts: 1
9/18/13 3:05 P

being a recovering bulimic struggling with a custody battle i find myself falling back to eating to make it all go away and stop running through my mind. I have started this weight loss journey more as a reminder of how to live healthy. The goal is not skinny but healthy. I am working on not letting food be a reward but be what God made it to be: a way to nourish our bodies.

FINNLANA Posts: 1,276
9/18/13 12:08 A

Sometimes we need that extra reminder that there are other things we can do when we are feeling stressed besides eat that go to food (for me it would be chocolate) and then later regret it. It is so good to be able to share these struggles with others! I am new to SparkPeople and very excited to learn from other members who share the same issues, and to get some great advice and a boost in the right direction.!. emoticon

CANDACEMM Posts: 1,218
8/29/13 10:05 A

You say you can't go out for a walk - do you have stairs in your house? Can you climb the stairs a few times to get your body going and get your mind off of food?

MERCHRIS SparkPoints: (22,580)
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8/16/13 6:22 P

I really want to eat when my son is giving me a hard time with something or something is seriously stressing me out. Need to work on that big time. I feel like a druggie looking for a fix or something sometimes.

JENNHAS118 Posts: 26
8/12/13 7:58 A

I do the same thing! Im trying had to plan "good" snacks when the will power just is not there. Its a hard thing to break! I find carrots are good. For some reason chewing when Im stressed helps. Good luck

BABSSLP Posts: 9
8/11/13 3:10 P

I'm a busy mom of 5, but regardless of how crazy life gets, I still reach for food when I'm happy, sad, bored, angry, or stressed (especially sugary foods). I need to find other things to do, especially when I'm stressed. I can't always drop everything and go for a walk so I need some other practical ideas on what to do instead of eating junk.

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