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Stress and a Trigger Food

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stress reared its ugly head and I tried to eat my way out of it! That is not what I intended, but that is what happened. Of course, eating that whole bag of candy only added to my stress! Maybe if I had decided to binge on celery that would have at least been a healthy choice, but I chose candy because I thought I could stop after eating after only a few pieces. Shoulda, coulda, woulda! I should have known better than to get out the WHOLE bag of candy when I was stressed out and not just a measured out portion. I could have put the bag back in the pantry out of sight and out of mind which works well when I'm being mindful of what I'm eating. I would have been okay if I had been having a preplanned measured out snack, and not just mindlessly eating something sweet to finish my meal and satisfy my sweet tooth, while working on the computer and not paying a bit of attention to what I was doing besides typing and thinking about my stressors.

Lessons learned? Deal with stress in other ways besides eating! Pre-plan! Avoid eating a trigger food during a time of stress. Eat at the table (not in front of the computer!) Eat mindfully (know what am I eating, why I'm eating it, paying attention to how much I'm eating!)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TATTER3 7/24/2013 7:07PM

    I could pig out on Hershey's every day!!

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/24/2013 7:37AM

    I understand. I am going through the same thing. but knowing what is triggering it is a start. maybe keep some fruit around will help. good luck.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/23/2013 4:19PM

    This is true. If I want sweets I try not to buy too many of them cause I could eat quite a bit of them myself....

God bless,


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PANNPETERS 7/23/2013 1:54PM

    Surprising candy isn't the trigger for me . . . it's something like mashed potatoes or meat loaf . . . more along the savory line. I've posted elsewhere that I'm battling the urge for stress eating today as well, and hoping the small box of raisins in my desk will help me get through.

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STUDLEEJOE 7/23/2013 12:23PM


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KNYAGENYA 7/23/2013 12:22PM

    Candy is a big trigger for me. It is so much of a trigger that I can't even have it in the house. Do you have any hobbies you can use instead? I knit. This keeps my hands busy and I get something out of it.

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