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Stress Eating, Boredom...reasonably intelligent???

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

O.K., I admit that I am a stress eater. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out that when I am mindlessly eating any and everything how this will solve anything. (I know it doesn't solve anything, it's just a temporary feeling of satisfaction).

One might think this: I am reasonably intelligent. (can't believe I spelled that right). Anyway, back to the reasonably intelligent person I think I am. Here I am in the middle of the day and all of a sudden I am grabbing for anything to eat. (not necessarily healthy food). I promise you, that I have plenty of healthy food in my home. Also, I am not necessarily hungry. Maybe I am stressed or Bored. (Or possibly I have some very bad habits).

Let's see, Let me make a quick rundown of some foods I do have on hand.
Green Beans
Mandarin Oranges
Rice Cakes

Wow, I'm getting hungry making this list emoticon emoticon

Seriously, those are the foods I have on hand that I can remember.

Lately, I have been trying to eat my rice cakes when I feel stressed (at least this week I have). Of course, I do sometimes eat a food not listed above {ice cream, yum}.

I am finally realizing that I am either stressed or bored when I am reaching for the "anything or everything" foods in my home. Late last night, I was starved, so I got a couple of slices of ham, a rice cake and glass of milk. I knew that was a much better choice than some of the other options I had in mind.

I have also been working on ways to deal with the stress. I am learning. I know this is not a quick fix. I also know that I will have to be more aware of my hunger, stress and boredom.

When I want to grab something to eat, now I go get some water. Sometimes, maybe I am thirsty and not so much hungry.

As for this reasonably intelligent person....... working on her (me). She's in there alright, I just have to keep her awake. emoticon

Blessings to all of my Spark People family and friends.
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    Well, Brenda, recognizing it is the first step. Unfortunately, for me, I don't manage to act "intelligently" on that. Often for me, I happen to think of a food that sounds "good" to me and I can't get that out of my mind. If I can't have that particular thing, I start searching for something else. You'd think I was starving to death and the truth is I'm not even remotely close to that happening. The rice cakes are a good choice. I might think about that, too.
    1827 days ago
    Brenda, I think this is a challenge we have in common. I do my best to tell myself, I love myself enough to be healthy. What would a healthy person do?? I am grateful my stress level isn't bad, these days. Boredom, working from home, can catch me off guard.
    One day at a time, my friend.
    1827 days ago
    Journals for food. Journals for emotions. Journals keep our hands busy so we can't eat. emoticon
    1827 days ago
    Sounds like you are finding strategies that will work!
    1828 days ago
    Sometimes the convenience of the not so good foods are easier to grab. Set some healthy foods in view so you grab them instead. I premade salads for today all i have to do is add dressing for my lunch and dinner. Also, if im tired im more vulnerable. I believe you can work it out. You appear to be a good problem solver. Dont give up!! You can do it!!
    1828 days ago
    For me I have unheeating habits and my carb addiction. I used to call it sugar addiction but it really is carbs ahhhh bread and sugar can't see to make it through the day without them. So I really try to keep them out of the house. I go for a walk .
    1828 days ago
    Try to do something to get your mind off food go for a walk adult coloring book,a craft jusy go for a short walk you are an intelligent person and YOU ARE IN CONTROL .I have confrldence in you
    1828 days ago
  • JENNY10179
    I love rice cakes with cottage cheese on top. I have that at night as my salty crunchy snack. The cottage cheese fills you up with protein and the rice cake just gives you that crunchy thing you need without the calories.
    1828 days ago
  • CINDYA1962
    I recently read here that rice cakes are one of the worst diet foods because they essentially have nothing to them. Try adding some protein to your diet such as Greek yogurt or powdered peanut butter.
    1828 days ago
  • no profile photo GYPSY8887
    I was doing the same thing I started a journal just writing my feelings you would be supprised how much better you feel.things come out you haven't thought of in years. Just a thought good luck you can do this
    1828 days ago
    Maybe try exercising to get ur mind off it or do some crafts in between to block ur brain from thinking about it??
    1828 days ago
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