When you under stress...build your mood by eating turkey, tuna, or chicken, low fat cheese, fish, lots of veggies, especially brocolli, spinach, romaine. Add flaxseeds to your oatmeal, salads, veggies, they stablize blood sugar and can improve mood. I am a big believer in flaxseed becuase they are a good source of protein & supplementing with flax seeds daily can help to increase metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and increase energy as well as lower triglycerides.
Sunshine provide your body with vitamin D and improves the mood of a person. Have you ever heard the phrase "Laughter Is The Best Medicine"? Well it's true!
Every person is different, yet inherently the same. Sometimes, things go awry. This is something beyond our control, however there's a lesson to be learned from that too! If everything was totally perfect in everyone we would not know saddness, and then we couldn't appreciate happiness. If we didn't know illness we couldn't appreciate health. If we didnt have bad days we couldnt appreciate good days....so you had a bad day? Just pick yoiurself up and start again.....failure can create success!
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10/27/12 6:27 A
Don't beat yourself up because you may have been eating a bit more than you wanted these last few days. You've been under a lot of stress. No one would fault you for turning to food for comfort. You're human, not a machine. Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
One less than perfect day or even weekend of eating WILL NOT make or break your healthy lifestyle. We really all do have times like these. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. All things in moderation and if we have days we aren't too moderate, we don't beat ourselves up. The next day, we do our best to be more mindful again.
What you might try doing the next time you feel really stressed out and want to take a nose dive into the treats is to take a walk instead. Walking is not only wonderful cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. I'm a firm believer that if a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.
You might want to read this great Spark article for other ways to help reduce stress and keep from emotional eating.
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10/27/12 12:18 A
Thanks for the advice. All good Southern women know that tomorrow is another day....And I ( Good Lord willing) will have a clean slate and another chance at success tomorrow! Thanks for the support. BB
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26,412 10/26/12 11:32 P
BBINDELRAY - don't go beating yourself up - instead you should be patting yourself on the back! You have done REALLY well. This is ONE day - there WILL be times in your life where you go over - don't worry about it because it isn't as tho' you are doing this often. I actually suggest to people that they allow one day per every 2 weeks to eat whatever they want (but not going really overboard like thousands of calories over) because it can actually help a person to stay on track. I know that I practice what I preach and the proof is there - look at my ticker!!
You have been faced with a hang of a lot of stressors just lately - with serious illness of friends and death and financial re the car. I hope that you have someone in your REAL life with whom you can talk , to lighten your load.
It's just one day. In a lifestyle change. Let it go and plan to do better tomorrow. I read once in a weight loss book about a woman who listed a similar list of bad events and through it all she said... I just kept to my plan of not overeating. One of the stresses was her son's life threatening illness. I have never forgotten that.
All the best.
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10/26/12 10:46 P
What should have been a nice suprise this morning - going under 220 for the first time in 10 years, has flipped some kind of switch in my head. I'm in the midst of a freakin' eat off that would put the old me to shame. (OK - maybe not that bad - but I'm well over 2,000 calories for the day - where I haven't crossed the 1,300 calorie mark in months.)
On one hand - this is just stress playing tricks on me. Been a heck of a week. (One friend has been diagnosed with brain cancer, another friend had a LONG awaited baby, the mailman (who was SO dear) died, and now - "Frankenstorm" is taking aim. Top it all off, car is due for inspection, and I'm bound to need brakes or someother 900 dollar mystery part.)
On the other - I'm actually kind of afraid I've slipped right back into my "reward" system. Or that I've got some issue with "losing" the weight (meaning - there's some part of me that's afraid of losing ME in this process). I always do this. Someone tells me I look great and I'm stuffing my face. It's like a compliment gives me permission to go full throttle into the fridge, instead of full steam ahead. What's that about?
Not just trying to belly ache about this. Really would like to figure out how to beat stress related eating before I start gobbling everything in site. Anybody got any tips?
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