(Closed) Stress Eating

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
2735 posts
Sugar bee

For me it was having to buy pants a size or two larger than my comfort zone.  I also stress eat and for a while I was totally out of control over the summer.  A truthful look into my mirror and photos made me realize if I didn’t get it under control I would have to buy a whole new wardrobe.  And I had a much greater chance of developing health issues.  I was told by my dr. I was pre-diabetic.  So that was a big motivator.

Regarding the gym: I go 4-5 times a week.  I’m not crazy about it, but it’s in my schedule as a non-negotiable.  Sometimes I’m tempted to skip and take a nap, but I stick to the routine because I like the results.

And believe me, the older you get the harder it is to lose the weight.

Post # 3
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m with you. I definitely stress eat. I exercise a ton, but need to get a handle on my eating and am looking forward to other people’s tips.

For exercising, a routine is what keeps me on track. I do certain things I certain days of the week at specific times. If something absolutely prevents me from sticking to my schedule, I plan days in advance how I’ll make it up. Of course things come up, but I try to stick to my schedule and schedule things for times when my fiance is busy anyway. What about switching to a morning workout? Or grabbing a coffee with friends but walking and talking?

The exercise should also help with the stress.

You can do it!

Post # 4
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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milksteak :  I am AWFUL for stress eating. And emotional eating. And period eating… you get the point!

To stay on track, I write everything down. I’m less likely to eat the tub of Ben & Jerry’s if I know I have to write it down. 

I like to allow myself a little of what I like but not go crazy with it. 

You say you’re over eating – are you hungry when you eat? If you are, you may like to look at what you’re filling your body with.

I follow a food plan that allows me to eat plenty of rice/pasta/potatoes etc alongside lean protein and veggies as that fills you up. If I’m hungry, I ask myself if I want a yoghurt. If it’s a no, then I’m not hungry so I make a cup of hot tea to soothe my sweet craving.

Do keep up with the gym though, I know it can suck but it’s good for you in general not just for weightloss


Post # 6
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

When my stress eating gets out of control I start drinking lemon water. I’m not sure why, but it helps!

Post # 8
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Track all your calories!  I’m one for playing mind games with myself.  I track everything I eat (that I can or can get as close to i.e. Eating out) on myfitnesspal, I weigh myself every morning, I work out as soon as I get home and changed.  It’s myself keeping myself accountable and in check.  I’m naturally thin but I’m really trying to tone up and lean out, and be overall healthy so it still helps me.  I’ve heard a craving for something bad lasts only 30-60 seconds so when you have a craving occupy your time with something else and it should go away!

Post # 11
12274 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just love to snack and munch. I can leave a bag of chips and salsa out or pretzel and hummus and just eat it all day.  I could seriously go through a Costco sized 2 lb bag in like a week.  And now it shows so the solution for me has just been to not buy it.  Don’t buy it.  Don’t eat it.  Just stop.  There isn’t really tricks or tips that I found helpful other than to stop cold turkey.  If I let myself have a little, then a little becomes a little more and a little more and I’m just out of control again cause the calories add up faster than I can work them off.

Post # 12
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

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milksteak :  I felt the same way before I tried this trick. For some reason it tricks my brain into thinking I am having something ‘posh’ and ‘decedent’…plus it curbes my appetite to a degree.

Post # 13
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I find that tracking all my calories helps prevent over eating. For me having to input the calories of everything I eat makes me more conscious about what I’m eating and it’s easier to make the choice not to eat more or to eat less of something when I can see how many calories I’m eating.

You can also workout at home. I have a subscription to Daily Burn and I love it because I get new workouts every day and I don’t have to go to the gym. It’s too easy to talk myself out of working out when I have to go to the gym to do it. It’s hard to justify skipping a workout when all i have to do is stay home and hit play.

Post # 14
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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milksteak :  It’s like the more I know I need to stop the more I eat.

Humans are naturually rebellious by nature, so if you tell yourself you can’t have something you’ll probably want it more! I’m definitely guilty of this. I was following a certain diet and exercise plan and always fell off the wagon and ended up eating junk food etc, things I “couldn’t have.” Now I try to tell myself I can have any foods I want whether it be junk or fast food but I choose not to have it. Sometimes changing the mindset can help. Hot and Healthy Habits has helped me out a lot with this (they have a blog and an ecourse but the ecourse is only available at certain times.) I also try to keep up with my workouts but I just do videos on youtube like Yoga with Adriene, JessicaSmithTV, Tone It Up, Blogilates, Daily Burn, etc… I stress eat but also bored eat so I try to do something else instead like read, clean, anything to keep my mind off of it.

Post # 15
525 posts
Busy bee

I’m also one of those who eat more when stressed, sad or just bored. Fortunately  never gained a ton of weight by doing it, but it’s unhealthy and I once gained about 10 pounds in less than six months.

For me, the best way to avoid stress eating is to keep myself busy and happy. Like I try to focus on work, read a book, run some errands, get my nails done, hang out with friends etc, and happiness is also very important. When I’m depressed, I definitely eat more, and more junk food. Also, sports helps a lot. When I do sports, I automatically crave healthier food and eat better.

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