Post # 1
Let me preface this by saying that I am at a healthy weight (5’4 and 125 pounds), but certainly not at my preferred wedding weight. That being said, I cannot avoid the insane stress over-eating that’s plagued me since the beginning of my engagement. It doesn’t help that we need to go out all the time to meet vendors, catch up with our bridal party, do premarital counseling and so that means eating out for us. Plus, I just really like food.
My wedding is 3 and a half months away and while I definitely don’t want to look like a stick, I do want to be at my healthiest.
Any advice? How do YOU avoid stress eating?!
Post # 3
@perfectingfaith: When I feel hungry, I drink water. That usually does the trick! Otherwise, I keep my snacks to low sodium. 🙂 Hope that helps a bit!
Post # 4
First of all, I’m 5’4″ and my GOAL weight is 125, lol..so don’t sweat it too much.
But in your situation, I think your best bet is learning how to eat out in a more healthy way. I mean if you’re going to eat out, you may as well figure out how to do it in a smart way.
For example, you can order salads, or grilled salmon, or a small steak, or a vegetable based meal. Avoid deep fried, pastas, anything with lots of sauce, cheese, etc. A fish entrée with a wide of steamed veggies is going to be much better then a bowl of pasta and bread. Just try to make smarter choices.
Also, if you’re drinking while you’re out (celebrating, etc?) you might consider changing what you drink. For example if you currently drink beer, try switching to vodka and diet 7up.
You are at a good weight, so just making small changes will make a big diffnce for you.
Oh and drink lots and lots of water.
Post # 5
Eat a good breakfast with protein! You’ll feel fuller longer.
Post # 6
I can absolutely sympathise with you on this! You must be very slim already because 125pounds is tiny! But it is so important for a bride to feel her absolute best on her wedding day, regardless of what everybody else thinks.
My downfall is definitely chocolate and biscuits! And the best bits of advice I can give is:
– Keep looking at pictures of your wedidng dress, and think about how you want to look on your wedding day.
– Think of the effects all these bad foods have on your insides, skin, hair etc.
– You can eat out and be healthy! Opt for a salad and no starter/main course.
– Eat nuts and raisins and fruit when you are hungry – Im not gonna lie, it won’t be the same as having chocolate but if you have enough it will fill you up!
– Generally eat more vegetables at mealtimes and stick to chicken and fish rather than beef or pork.
– I find that I avoid stress eating by not having any of the naughty foods in the house in the first place!
Post # 7
drink water and chew gum when you feel like eating for the heck of it.
go running, walking, biking, yoga, etc if you aren’t already.
Post # 8
@anna1dr: CHOCOLATE AND BISCUITS, yes!!! And cake. Seriously, cake is my Kryptonite.
Looking at my wedding dress is fairly motivating, actually. Definitely wasn’t happy with my arms!
And thank you for assuring me that worrying about this is okay. It’s not a weight thing mostly – it’s a HEALTH thing. I just wanna feel 100% on the day! 🙂
Post # 9
I’m right there with you! (Although I’m pretty sure I crossed the line into overweight with my recent weight gain. I’ve been avoiding stepping on a scale, haha.)
My way of dealing with the wedding stress has been to secretly late-night binge. Even my coworkers have made comments about my weight gain. 🙁 I’m still a petite person because I’m short, but I used to be very slender as well.
No advice, haha, just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. I’m trying not to stress out even MORE about the weight gain and just planning on investing in some Spanx. 😉
Post # 10
I am at a similar place with my weight (5’6″ at 135, wanting to look my very best at my wedding). I am planning to set manageable goals for myself as my wedding approaches. I haven’t planned it out just yet, but it’ll be something like this:
3 months out: no skipping workouts, lifting AND cardio 3 times per week minimum
2 months out: between meal snacks just fruit, veggies, or popcorn
1 month out: cut out most dairy
1 week out: lean proteins and veggies only
Could something like that help? Three and a half months is a LONG time to try to just “eat healthy”–for me, at least! 🙂 Good luck! And remember, not matter how you look, you will be the most beautiful woman in the world to your FI.
Post # 11
I am in the same place. I only have a little bit of weight to lose before my wedding in August, and while I have been doing pretty well, sometimes I fall off the wagon in a big way.
When I get the urge to stress eat I try to remember how ill all the sodium/sugar/fat usually makes me feel after. Not to mention bloated! Sometimes the cravings take over and all logic seems to go out the window though!
I also try to put off the urge to eat as long as possible, with the hope that it will go away. I might do some push ups or situps to burn off the stress. Or have a big mug of tea or light cocoa with skim milk to feel more full. If I feel like I just can’t resist over-eating, I try to find something that will do the least amount of damage (e.g., eating salt and vinegar crispy mini rice cakes rather than chips). I also stay away from keeping foods that I just cannot seem to eat in limited portions out of the house.
You’re definitely not alone in this! Keep at it and good luck!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017
I can empathise because I pick at my skin (particularly my face and back) leaving marks and blemishes, and while my problem is not the same as yours both can be a form of OCD.
We both have the same goal- we want to look our best for our wedding day (well, my short-term goal is next week’s engagement photos).
One method that might work quite well for you is to not be by yourself for too long, particularly at home with cupboards full of snacks. Fix this by doing your wedding planning at a friend or family members’ house where you can’t binge in front of them and empty your house of all snacks (give them to friends, throwing them away is a waste).
Or alternatively lock them all in a suitcase until your wedding and give a supportive friend the key.
DO NOT BUY MORE of the snacks. Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry or you’ll over-buy. If you feel stressed and want to snack on something chew gum, drink water/tea (nothing sugary as sugar makes you gain weight, and that includes fruit juice), or have healthy snacks like rice crackers (as a pp said) carrot sticks, fruit, salads, nuts.
When you eat out ask your partner or whoever you’re with to help you limit what you eat. People tend to eat however much is in front of them or available to them in the house.. it’s an inbuilt survival mechanism to ‘stock up’ in case of a sudden famine. So just order a smaller meal and drink water first.