Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I honestly wish I could be one of those people who lost weight when stressed. Instead, the minute things start heading south I head for the food. I am a stress/comfort eater, big stylee.
Does anyone have any tips on how to break this habit? I really really want to lose about a stone before the wedding, and I’ve got over a year, but it’s something I want to crack soon.
Post # 3
@chronicwhimsy: Try yoga! It will mos def help with the stress and it will give you something to do instead of heading for the fridge. There are some free videos online. That way you can do it whenever you are feeling the most stressed and you won’t have to wait until your next class.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@OliveJuiceHunny: I do Pilates at the moment which is pretty good, but is yoga more relaxing?
Also one of the worst times is when I’m at work, and the guy I share an office with really winds me up…
Post # 5
That’s a tough one, but I’d say you are well on your way just by recognizing that stress causes you to eat.
Yoga is a great idea. You can practice it anywhere, even if it’s just some breath work at your desk or some simple stretches.
When I quit smoking, I learned to step back and observe my cravings. Just watch them rise, experience them with my full attention. And just as they rise, they ultimately will fall.
Post # 6
@chronicwhimsy: I would recommend borrowing a copy of one of the following books from the library (or purchasing one yourself)
The second book (in an older edition) was provided to me for taking part in a binge eating study and it was really eye opening. Although Binge Eating isn’t really the same as stress or emotional eating, its along the same lines and often people who have binge eating problems don’t admit it and thus classify themselves under the other category.
Take a look at the books and follow the advice and I think you’ll be able to help yourself. A lot of it is really hard.
To assist with the one guy at work… can you play music and wear headphones? If that’s allowed in your work area it might help to drown out the trigger until you learn to handle it better 🙂
Edit: The second book is not released yet, so you can go to the first editon (book I used) which is the same title, sans 2nd edition:
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@sassy411: Thanks! That is good to remember. And you’re right, if I have something else to focus on, or nothing available, the urge to eat does go away. I recognised a while ago that my eating habits are linked to my emotions – I’ll reward myself if something’s gone well, or treat myself to make myself feel better if something’s gone bad. Since realising that I’ve been better at making my happy treats healthy, but I still struggle if things are pants.
@Elky: Those links are really helpful, thank you! I’ll check them out! I do wear headphones at work, but the last couple of days I’ve had a killer headache which paracetamol has done nothing for, and the headphones don’t help with that. And I feel so cut off with them in. :/ blaaah.
Post # 8
@chronicwhimsy: IDK I’ve never done pilates so I wouldn’t be able to tell you, but online I’ve seen videos of yoga for stress, for weight loss, for tonning up you muscles, to help you sleep, all types! Another thing you can probably do is maybe get some healthy snacks if you can’t really avoid the stress of dealing with the guy at work.
Post # 9
@chronicwhimsy: Can you try a white noise recording and more comfortable headphones? That might help with the headaches 🙂
Post # 10
Step 1: Only have healthy snacks around you.
Post # 11
Don’t keep food in the house. If you don’t have it easily accessible, it makes it much much harder to eat it. We try to never keep anything in the house other than fruits and veggies, nuts, cereal, and enough for dinner for a few days. Other than DH’s icecream (he makes sure to get a flavor I hate so I’m not tempted) we try to not have crap food in the house. So if I feel the urge to eat because of boredom or stress, I’m relegated to having some nuts or fruit at the very worst. In other words, the only time you need will power is in the supermarket. If you can last that 30 minutes, it makes the rest of life easier.
Also water. Every time you think you’re hungry, drink a large glass of water. Not only will it fill you, but it will take time and during that time you can reconsider why you’re really about to eat.
Post # 12
Sometimes you think your hungry when you really need liquids!
Keep some power bars around or some of those breakfast/nutrition bars. They are like treats but not horrible for you. Or even drink a Slim Fast type shake.
You know you stress eat and half the battle is even recognizing you do so thats good. 🙂 Dont fret about the eating so much, eat, just eat good stuff! Work on making yourself eat better things when you’re stressed. Along with other stress relieving exercises you can try. You can never have too much fruit or veggies! 😀
I dont buy much for junk because I’ll just eat it! Im less likely to drive to the store when I crave…
Post # 13
I agree with PP’s, sometimes you’re just stressed and want to eat something, so it’s good to have healthy options around. I chew Extra dessert delights gum all day to stave off my sweet tooth, drink plenty of coffee/water/diet drinks, and eat sunflower seeds (the ones that come in the shell) because they take a while to eat and satisfy the salty snack urge, but are much healthier than chips. I also started bringing a few different fruits to work to snack on–bananas, apples, canned fruit (get the sugar free kind, not the ones that are drenched in syrup). And make sure you are eating plenty of protein, especially in the morning.
I also find that working out makes me less likely to stress eat. After working hard to burn 200 calories on the elliptical, it makes me think twice about ruining all that effort with high-calorie food.
Post # 14
@chronicwhimsy: I’m a stress eater, as well – sometimes a girl just needs some Haagen-Das, y’know?! But I’m trying to be better about drinking water – at work especially, when I’m feeling the urge to grab a junk food snack, I’ll drink a glass or two of water and that usually (surprisingly!) helps. I also try to keep satisfying healthy snacks around – almonds, baby carrots & hummus, fresh fruit – so if after drinking water I’m still hungry, there are at least better-for-me options around.
Post # 15
If you’re at home take a walk, that helps! Make sure that you don’t have unhealthy food around you, if you do happen to eat too many carrots due to stress… fine, at least it’s not potato chips! I’ve been a huge stress eater in the past (ended when I met FI), but I’ve found that it helps if I have something to do or, if I really need to eat something, have large quantities of fizzy water, tea or chewing gum. The most important thing is to stay away from eating a bunch of junk, because that just makes you feel awful!
And you can do wonders with the time frame you have! A little more than 10 years ago I lost more than 4 stones in a year and I’ve been able to keep it all off since then. It’s all about staying committed.
Post # 16
take a walk instead. I’m also a stress eater so I can really relate to this. I notice when I’m stressed, hitting the gym or taking my dog for a walk (even if its a leizurely stroll) becomes the equivelant of a donut for me. I’m not 100% at it, but it does help. I make it a habit now vs. my old habit of scarfing handfuls of pretzels and pita chips.