Help - Anxiety and the Eating Beast
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I'm very anxious due to possible changes in my job. I'm certain that's all there is to it.
But I'm telling you, I want to eat everything in my house. I work from home, so that's a little too convenient.
Telling myself, "Just right now" isn't seeming to help, and "even a little progress is still progress" falls on the deaf ears of the anxious eating beast.
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Are you a gum chewer? I just find it helps keep my mouth busy.
I'm sorry you're having a rough time. I know how easy it seems to just gravitate to the food. We both know that the food never helps, though, it just causes more problems.
1711 days ago
When anxiety hits me (as it does all too often), I also want to eat everything in the house. When I do, it leads to horrible depression/guilt. Honestly, there are only three things that help me when anxiety hits me. The most effective is to get out of the house! Seriously. And when I forget that, my daughter reminds me. Even when I really don't feel like doing it, if I go take a ten minute walk, it helps me clear my head and get rid of the anxiety. The second thing is Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. You can have 16 of them for not a lot of calories. I let them melt in my mouth one at a time, and it usually brings comfort without overindulging. Dark Chocolate is also a good mood stabilizer. The third thing is to spark. When I feel anxious, if I get on and blog about it or even just post something to the message boards asking for support, it usually helps because I have done something positive to help myself. I hope all goes well with your job situation. Don't give up!
1712 days ago
Shut the brain up.
I listen to music or write something heavy like an encyclopedia or argh. . . exercise. When there is no room for thoughts I am ok.
1714 days ago
My go to snack are the cake icecream cones, at 20 calories each. Very crunchy and satisfying. I also drink some flavored water or extra, to fill me up. So vegetable juice is the next thing I have.
It is a bother when stress is knocking at you and you want comfort.
Can you take breaks for walks, or dancing? That may burn off a bit of the stress.
1714 days ago
I was having the same problem last month (an event, move, etc all in the same period!).
My best advice is sugar snap peas (you can pop them like candy) for the sweet tooth cravings and popcorn (NOT microwave -- recipe below) for salty cravings.
To make kettle corn you need:
1 pot with a tight-fitting lid (a sauce pan works well for smaller servings... avoid glass lids as they're harder to clean later)
canola/soyabean oil (avoid olive oil, it will burn)
In the saucepan add ~3 Tbsps of oil. Turn stove on high. Add 2 "shots" (1 oz shot glass full) of kernels. Cover. When the popcorn starts popping, turn down the heat to medium-high (about 6). Allow to pop. When there's about 2 seconds between "pops", -- using oven mitts -- hold lid on and shake pot so kernels fall to the bottom and popped corn rises to the top. Listen again and when it's mostly done pour into a bowl. Add about 1 tsp of salt to bowl and stir while the popcorn is still hot (it will stick better). Enjoy!
1715 days ago
Find something satisfying but not too damaging to use to attack the beast and stave him off. If you can keep the beast at bay for ten minutes, he usually finds something else to do or someone else to torment
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1715 days ago
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