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

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

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4/14/14 5:55 P

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



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4/14/14 5:41 P

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

Feed your head.


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2/25/14 6:22 P

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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

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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

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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.

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1/5/14 10:32 A

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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.



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1/1/14 6:08 P

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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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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.



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12/8/13 11:18 A

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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



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10/15/13 8:24 A

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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

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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.

In the end, the best things in life came from our own inner growth and that came from dealing with things that we wish didn't exist and making them better. So in that way, bad things are a huge blessing.


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

In the end, the best things in life came from our own inner growth and that came from dealing with things that we wish didn't exist and making them better. So in that way, bad things are a huge blessing.


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10/1/13 3:16 P

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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!




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9/23/13 9:26 A

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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

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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.

In the end, the best things in life came from our own inner growth and that came from dealing with things that we wish didn't exist and making them better. So in that way, bad things are a huge blessing.


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9/18/13 3:05 P

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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.



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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

Remember the journey will take time and does not happen without love and support and belief in yourself! And a little help from my SP friends!


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8/29/13 10:05 A

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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?



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MERCHRIS
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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.









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JENNHAS118
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8/12/13 7:58 A

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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



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8/11/13 3:10 P

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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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