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JENSTRESS
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3/29/12 10:56 A

Cheetara has this one nailed. Do something else that helps you de-stress. Because I know for me, if I end up eating it, then I just feel more stressed that I screwed up my healthy eating habits.

Can you email someone and vent what you need to say?

Can you call someone?

Can you dance, go for a walk, jog or something to get away from that situation?

Can you keep non-easy foods not in the house? I know the other day I felt like eating. I don't know why I wanted to just snack snack snack, but I did. I went to my pantry, and since I don't have snack-y foods in the house really, ANYTHING I wanted would have had to have been cooked, or I could have tried baby food I guess. (hee hee) Usually, by the time I think about cooking, and making whatever I wanted to eat, the craving, stress, or desire has passed, and I don't have the snack or anything detrimental to my eating.



CHEETARA79
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3/29/12 10:27 A

Make a list of 10 things (not food) that you can do to beat stress. For example, phone a friend, scream into a pillow, write about your angry feelings, dance to your favorite song, etc. Keep that list in your wallet and pull it out every time you feel a stress eating episode coming on. Try to do at least a couple of things off your list before you reach for food. Good luck!

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TONKA14
Posts: 4,947
3/29/12 9:53 A

This article might offer some tips that would help.

Improve Your Mood Without Food
Beat Stress, Boredom, and More with These Tips
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=1047


This one too --

Beat Stress, Weigh Less
The Connection Between Stress and Weight Gain
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=1482


Coach Tanya



TENNPHOTO
Posts: 5
3/29/12 9:21 A

I am having a bit of a problem with something and I'm not sure where else to ask this question. I am wanting to lose weight, but my biggest down fall is stress eating. The other day, I had an extremely stressful day, and although I did really good during the morning, my afternoon just fell apart! I have two little kids at home and can't always get away from them while my husband in working. The other day it was one thing after another, after another, and by the end of it, I was so upset that even though I though a workout would help, I couldn't do it because of the kids (if I work out in the house, they are always is the way and I almost step on them) and if I wanted to go outside, they would have to come with me since it was the afternoon and I have no one to watch them... so instead, I ended up eating a ton of pasta! And, of course, felt super guilty about for the rest of the night.

Is there any advice anyone can give me when this stuff happens? It's not like it's an everyday thing, but, as I said, stress eating is my biggest downfall. Any advice would help.

Thanks!



 
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