Hello SILVERWIND02, I too am a stress eater, though it is not actually stress that makes me eat, but fear. Whenever I am afraid, eating helps to at least distract me to keep the fear in check. (real fear, like: something is wrong with your kidneys or Russia is invading Ukraine fear)
Which, speaking of the latter is a big problem right now. Living in Europe is rather stressful atm and today it hit me full force. It´s not like I can contain it and I barely even try... I use work arounds. At home I can go for a walk and be fine, but at work, where I am right now, this is very difficult. So I got myself a bunch of healthy stuff to eat. And I share.
Half of a shelf in my office is dedicated to fruit and veggies. And the low calorie variety. Pears, grapes, apples, cucumber, kiwi fruit and so on.
I simply removed anything high calorie and unhealthy from my vicinity. Today I ate 2/3 of a pack of grapes. That is around 400 grams of grapes. (The other 1/3 went to my pregnant co-worker who I am constantly feeding because she´s not gaining enough weight.)
Sounds bad, but since grapes are alot of water, that´s around 150 calories. And since they also are perfectly delicious on their own without dip or anything added, it doesn´t get much more So....I spend 4 hours with almost constant munching. Delicious munching :)
I still am stressed out big time about the whole looming war thing, but tonight there will be sports, so I can work it all off , the calories AND the stress.
I do the same thing, JuliaCollins. So I don't keep snacky stuff in the house anymore. I literally cannot resist it. If it is there, I will mindlessly eat it. I keep lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and track every bite, because it is what is working for me, too. It's easier not to cave in to the urge to eat for comfort if your comfort foods are not readily available!
3/5/14 5:03 P
I appreciate the question and this thread. I have allowed myself to over eat during a stressful time. I'm a where of it. If I stay true to tracking every item and amount I consume I self regulate. I have been not tracking properly and consistently and I have added 20# . I may start out fine in the morning tracking as I go, then I take bits from the pantry and don't track and it has been snowball effect. I need to track each gram in my mouth for me to suceed. Exercise is great, and I love it, but my eating in proper causes me to gain. Each day is my new opportunity and I will do my best to do what I know works.
Once the weather warms up, I will be going for walks again. We are in the midst of an arctic outflow, so it's only -10c but feels like -20c and I don't have a proper winter coat. I miss walking, but I'm just not willing to freeze my butt off for it haha!
I am also a stress eater! I try to distract myself when I'm overwhelmed with reading, going for a walk/run, or listening to music. I keep sugar free life savers in my desk drawer at work. This helps me out alot.
Thank you for your help! I did end up eating-I made some flourless peanut butter cookies and I had four of them, about the equivalent of 3 tbsp of peanut butter, plus sugar and some chia seeds that I used as an egg replacer. And then I stopped. I have been back on track since then, and I think just having a low pressure weekend has been helpful. It's back to the grind tomorrow, but I am feeling much more centered at the moment.
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3/1/14 3:18 P
I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. If you find yourself stress eating, then you need to find ways to reduce your stress that don't involve food. When I am stressed out, I like taking a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. If you don't want to take a walk, sit and sip some tea. Drinking herbal tea can be relaxing. Listen to your favorite music. Do you have a hobby ? If not, take up a hobby. Knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, scrapbooking, stamp collecting are just a few things you could do that would help you reduce stress.
One thing I would suggest is the next time you feel an urge to emotionally eat, take a minute, get some paper and write out exactly how you are feeling. Why are you eating ? If you're upset. write out why you're upset. Writing out your feelings can be very cathartic. It can help you find the reason you eat emotionally. And yes, there IS a reason we turn to food for comfort. If you can identify that cause, that will help you reduce the number of times you stress eat.
Because honestly, you will never entirely stop stress eating. Every single one of us (even the healthiest of us) has turned to food for comfort. It happens. It doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. The goal isn't to eliminate stress eating. the goal is to reduce so that these instances are few and far between.
Also, you can't beat yourself up because you haven't lost any weight in two weeks. it's just two weeks. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight.
Patience. it's a virtue.
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3/1/14 10:19 A
I am a stress eater too...so when the urge to eat occurs when I've already ate then I try to do something else like garden, or walk around the block just something to get me moving
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302 3/1/14 4:17 A
I too am a stress eater. I usually go for chips. So now I kickbox...ALOT. I find exercise helps me get the stress out and I can focus on why I am so stressed. I don't know what is causing your stress, but I have noticed it is not the situation that is stressful, it is my reaction to it. If I cannot exercise right then, I say to myself, "Joey, go drink some water and think of two reasons why this situation is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Now wait until you get home and then beat it to the floor."
Hope I have helped.
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2/28/14 9:53 P
I either don't eat, drink wine, or work out. And just don't stress about things.
I am an emotional eater. Specifically, I eat when I am anxious. I have stuck with my weight loss plan for over 2 weeks now, but today I am feeling overwhelmed. SO of course I really want to just start snacking on chips and cake and chocolate...How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
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