How is the lockdown/shelter in place affecting your eating habit?

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Post # 32
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Bee Keeper

I’m eating less, but not in a “Oh, I forget to eat way”.  More in a “Gee, I snacked and ate out way too often at work” kind of way and teleworking has forced me to actually eat the groceries I buy.  I find I’m also way less likely to give in to stress eating working at home, though admittedly I am keeping treats and snacks out of sight in an inconvenient spot to a) ration, and b) limit my emotional eating.  

However, I still have a pretty full schedule (60+ hours – just doing it from home) so my grocery buying and cooking habits haven’t changed much (mostly making a big pot of soup or stew for the week and eating eggs or sandwiches or oatmeal the rest of the time).  Just all the extra crap is gone and I’m eating three full meals with minimal snacking like I ought to be doing all the time really.  If I had more time I would probably do more baking or using this as an opportunity to try out all the recipes I have bookmarked but just never seem to have the time and energy to make as finances and available groceries would allow.  

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

I’ve been stress-eating lately and yet somehow have managed to lose a few pounds…🤔

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee

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browneyedgirl24 :  

There are CSAs and I usually buy a full share at a farm one town over.  I’m not going to this year, though.  I rely on being able to choose my own veggies to be sure I get my money’s worth by selecting to suit my family’s food allergies (which are extensive).  Right now they assemble it all in advance and we just wouldn’t be able to eat half of what they give us.  I’m hoping that the food supply in the grocery stores will improve with time.  We’re scraping by with the veggies I’m finding (barely enough, but enough).

Post # 35
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I eat more and better than before.  I’m not out buying fast food meals for lunch because I couldn’t be bothered making something at home.  I’m enjoying fresh veggies while we have them instead of letting them rot from laziness.  I’m having beef on the regular because my husband is the one doing the shopping and for some reason thinks we’re out of steak and similar constantly.  We have a freezer full of preparedness food so other than the fresh fruit/veggies we’re doing well for meals.

On the downside, I’m getting irritated a lot by my toddler acting as toddlers do, and I eat ‘cheer up’ food as a result when he’s down for a nap on a rough day (I miss daycare!).  Luckily since I’m not shopping myself and I’m too busy to bake often, there isn’t a ton of it in the house, but it’s still a problem that I don’t run into as much when I’m working away from home.

By The Way, my baby fell asleep in her bouncer.  She keeps randomly waking up and bouncing like a maniac before passing out again. It’s so freaking funny.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario

I’ve been eating more and exercising less. Hopefully going back to work soon so that I can get back into a routine.

Post # 37
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Helper bee

I know a lot of people talk about the “quarantine 15” but I have actually lost 15 pounds in the past few months (wasn’t overweight, but my goal was to lose about 20 pounds and this has defintely helped!) We have not gotten any takeout or delivery in the past month and a half- all meals at home with limited drinking on the weekend. We used to go out to eat 4-5 times a week(including lunch and dinners), so it must have made a difference.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019 - City, State

About the same. I’m working out six days a week, so counting my macros and trying to be on track. There’s days where I’ll have ice cream or something sweet that I normally wouldn’t during the week, but that’s about all. 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

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sharpshooter :  good point, I was probably exaggerating with 30lbs.  The 30lbs was since the last time I ever weighed myself.   But yeah, so strange.  My husband was also sick, did not have this at all.

Post # 40
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Busy bee

Man I was 2 1/2 weeks out to my wedding when all this started so I had been watching what I ate and working out like a fiend so I’d look good. I couldn’t wait to EAT when the wedding was over. Cue lockdown (and no wedding) and I had a couple wild food weeks. One week I had pizza for four separate meals and also polished of a carton or two of icecream. I’m back to working out now and am eating more normally, but definitely using food as the highlights of my day 

Post # 41
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

If anything, I’m eating less, but then again, I tend to have a cocktail or two each evening, which isn’t helping the calorie count. I’m also baking a lot more, but not necessarily eating a lot of it. I have three teenagers and a Dh who will eat just about anything!

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

Unfortunately it’s still hard to find everything on a grocery list here so im eating way less healthy. I’m also 9 months pregnant which makes me feel guilty for eating this way too. 

I don’t want me or my husband shopping so I’ve only been doing Instacart orders. I have to rely a lot on pantry items like canned goods and boxed foods. I’ve been eating oatmeal or cereal for breakfast, left overs or sandwiches for lunch. And then for dinner I’ve been doing a lot of things I can make with pantry items like casseroles, soups and just protein with a side of frozen or canned veggies. 

I also have stocked up on way more cereal, chips and crackers than I ordinarily would because it doesn’t go bad but it helps because I swear I need to eat every 2 hours lol. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My anxiety has been through the roof and I’ve been forgetting to eat. Like I love food but for whatever reason when I’m stressed i no longer make saliva or something and it makes it really hard to get food down. I’ve been trying to have a smoothie right when I wake up to help start the day out right since if I don’t it can be dinner time before I realize I haven’t eaten yet.

Completely realize this isn’t normal and I’m seeing my therapist virtually because of it but hopefully this helps someone know they’re not alone.

Post # 44
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Busy bee

Since I’m at home all day I’ve started intermitted fasting again. It keeps me from snacking so I don’t consume all our food and need to go shopping lol. 

Post # 45
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Helper bee

I’m eating less due to losing my appetite.  And I’m still fairly active, as my manual job is continuing part time, plus I’m volunteering for a local support group, deliver supplies to those who can’t leave their homes at all.  So the weight is dropping off me.  

What I’m eating hasn’t really changed, just less of it.  You can get most stuff in the shops here.  The only exception is baking supplies as everyone seems to have taken up baking during lockdown.  Which is infurating for those of us who have always made our own bread and biscuits, as now we can’t because everyone else is stockpiling flour and yeast!

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