So this isn't a huge problem or anything, but it's something that I definitely do and would like to stop. Basically whenever I get stressed out about something, I try to make myself feel better by eating. Sometimes it's unconscious but sometimes it's conscious, too--I'll realize that I'm doing it, but I'll say oh, it's just because I'm a little stressed out, and I'll let myself continue and then let it go away. I'm not having major weight issues, but I'm just starting another year of college and although I do like school a lot and enjoy being so busy most of the time, I feel kind of overwhelmed and freak out a little more often than I would usually, and I would like to avoid gaining a second freshman 15 if this continues. I know this is a fairly common thing, so does anyone have any suggestions to prevent eating as a stress reaction? Even when I realize I'm doing it, something about the mindset I'm in doesn't make me tell myself to stop. Anything I can do about this? Thanks!
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OK, third time is the charm. My computer is broken, so I am using my ps3, and it keeps erasing my long detailed responses.
1.) excercise in HEALTHY amounts (which actually just means don't overdo it, even the littlest bit has been proven effective) helps a LOT with stress and anxiety and keeping your metabolism and appetite in line.
2.) Mindful eating is the key to avoiding those mindless binges. There are some great books and information about the topic online. Just search for "Mindful Eating".
3.) Make sure you are eating enough and frequently enough, in addition to the right types of foods and the right amounts. "healthyeating.com" and "choosemyplate.gov" can give you tips. You should be eating about every 3 - 4 hours, which is KEY in preventing those over-eating sessions.
4.) Make sure to keep binge-OK snacks around for when you DO feel like munching more than your meal plan allows... i.e., fruits and veggies and popcorn. But you can even overdo these, so seeing how they fit into your meal plan is key.
5.) You can most likely see a dietician or nutritionist through your insurance plan or college health service. They can give you individualized help and the correct meal plan/excercise routine/etc. for you. Message me if you need help figuring out what resources you have access too, I'm really good at that.
Hope this helps, and doesn't get erased!
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Another suggestion (not related to eating): What *else* works for you when you are stressed? For example, exercise/ watching tv/ yoga/ tai chi/ art/ music/ journalling/ martial arts/ talking with friends/ cleaning/ meditating are activities that work for some people.
Can you usually sense when you are getting stressed? If you are mindful to that, are you able to direct yourself to one of those other activities, rather than the food?
-------------------- "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare."
If you're aware of when you're about to binge, try changing your direction and head towards the bathroom. Recently, whenever I've noticed I'm about to lose my willpower, I brush my teeth instead. The taste, fluoride or minty, is ghastly enough - so even if I do take a bite it turns me off enough that I can then focus on more productive activities that can relieve the stress.
It's not an end all be all cure, of course, but hopefully it might stifle the urge while you look for an alternate way to channel your stress. :)
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