Post # 1
So my MOH (who is also my cousin) and I just recently had a conversation about how different people’s appetites are effected differently through stress/lonliness/anxiety.
We came to this conclusion: I am a stress eater, she is a stress starver. When it comes to times of peril in my life, or when I’m overly stressed, overly emotional, feeling lonley etc. I turn to food as my therapist. I will literally drown my sorrows or try to combat my stress by eating really rich fatty foods. For some reason, stuffing my face with creamy pasta, cinnamon buns, and chocolate makes me feel better. My cousin on the other hand cannot even stomach a bowl of soup or even a few crackers when she’s in the same situations.
We were raised very closely as our mothers are sisters (and best friends) and we’ve grown up with the same foods, the same values, the same activities etc. etc. Yet here I am not able to lose a pound if my life depended on it because I am so stressed, yet she just lost 20 pounds over the loss of her job. I’m stumped!
This all does leave me wondering though….are you a stress eater or are you a stress starver? I’m interested to see if I’m not alone!
Post # 3
I’m kind of a mixture, though I don’t overeat by any means–I’ve learned to recognize when I’m eating emotionally and curb the habit. 🙂
Post # 4
I am a stress eater for sure!
I try and replace it with exercise instead – but it doesn’t always work and I still want a bag of chips or tub of ice cream 🙁
Post # 5
In times of massive stress like the death of a loved one or something that devastating, I am a stress starver. I just don’t eat and have to force myself to do so.
Post # 6
I’m like 80% a stress eater. Normal every day work, life, job stress– I eat. Pretty much the only time I starve is with breakups. That reaches a whole other level of stress for me that the last time I went through a breakup I lost like 12 pounds in 2 weeks because I threw up anything I tried to eat I was so nauscious over the whole thing
Post # 7
Depends on the kind of stress. If i’m stressed because i’m running a million errands, i’ll forget. If i’m stressed out over, say, a test, i’ll sit and munch while i study. It’s a habit I’ve had to slowly learn to retrain myself on. I’ve been so stressed that i literally make myself sick, though, and I don’t want any food. So it depends what kind of stress and how much. Agree with StevenPA–somebody had to remind me to eat when my brother died. I’ve never had such a nonexistant appetite in my life!
Post # 8
I’m a stress eater and my mom is a stress starver. My grandma died 3 weeks before my wedding – I gained ten pounds and my dress barely fit. My mom lost 20 and hers was like a potato sack. Crazy!
Post # 9
Most days I grab my morning (pot) of coffee and don’t eat until dinner. It’s an awful habit but that’s what happens when I’m stressed :/
Post # 10
stress eater! I hate it. Last night I went crazy! LOL
Post # 11
I’m neither – whether or not I want to eat is governed almost 100% by how hungry I am. After armageddon, I think it will be cockroaches and my appetite that survive! Even when I’m disgustingly ill and feel like I’m going to throw up, I STILL get super hungry and have to eat until I am no longer hungry.
I have found that if I get VERY, VERY upset I will lose my appetite, but it will come roaring back within a half hour to an hour. And while I’ve never been a stress eater, I did used to be a bit of a boredom eater and get paranoid that I would get ridiculously hungry and start shaking so I’d eat out of anxiety. I’ve done a lot of work to really train myself on hunger-based eating, though, so I don’t really have issues with that anymore.
Post # 12
I’ll eat through anything…it’s really unfortunate! Right now FI is going through a messy legal battle and because he’s working so much the brunt of everything is falling on me. On top of that we’re stressed over finances, the holidays, and of course the wedding planning.
Even in the past though, when going through breakups, I eat eat eat. My habit is so ridiculous that FI has even pointed out to me that during a suspenseful parts of movies or scary scenes I stuff my face more rapidly with popcorn or snacks lol.
I’m not over-weight by any means, but I do pack on 5-10 lbs on average when dealing with tough emotional stuff and stress.
Post # 13
I’m defintiely a stress eater! Probably why I’ve been having to try to reign in my weight recently (I hate my job which stresses me out A LOT!) …..
Post # 14
I was a stress eater for a long time (and have the pounds to prove it)…but through working with my doctor and my personal training I have mostly kicked the habit. My FI on the other hand, can’t eat a thing when he is stressed. His stomach literally hurts. Now when I get stressed out, instead of eating…I take a nap…LOL. I just have to check out for a while and I have usually gained some perspective and de-stressed by the time I wake up =)
Post # 15
Usually I am a stress eater but an anxious starver. However throughout my wedding planning I thuoght I ate a lot but I kept losing weight and I was probably too thin but didnt realize it until I saw pictures of myself.
Post # 16
I’m a stress starver. I know it’s not the healthiest way to deal with my emotions, but if something really stressful or upsetting is occurring in my life I just don’t feel hungry. Plus, I think I find comfort in being able to control something in my life when other things feel like they are getting out of control, if that makes sense. But the stressor is only temporary, and then my eating habits go back to normal.