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Tips for Stress Eater

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Plan your meals for the week and only buy what is on that shopping list. No snaks. Only fruit and veg to snack on. I know your tired when you get home. Just spend that time relaxing, take a bath, get a hobbie, go and see mates, take up salsa or something. Something where you can just come home eat, and go and do what is good for you before coming home to bed

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I have been changing my eating habits for the last year plus. I always eat breakfast and for me it is usually a bagel with sugar free fruit spread and flax seed sprinkled on it. No cream cheese!! I cut way back on red meat, have more yogurt and fresh fruit for lunch and usually have my big meal in the evening. I take my own lunch and a snack for work. That way I have control over what I am eating and am not tempted by other things. I drink water all day long. Many times when I am hungry I am also thirsty, so I have found that if I quench my thirst first often times I am no longer hungry. There are particular times during the shift that I seem to get hungry and when I look and see what is occurring it is usually some stressful event, but I have my water cup in reach. I never have a bag of chips, box of crackers or cookies in front of me. If I want a junk snack I put some in a plastic container and that is all, this keeps me from eating the entire box/bag. I try to grocery shop with a full stomach, and avoid the snack/cookie aisle all together. I have read that it is better to give into your food desires because that way you will not binge and will be satisfied with less. It has taken me over a year to completely change my eating habits, and eat healthier. Now I want to work on exercise and have read recently that a very intense 10 minute work out will burn as many calories as a intermediate long work out. Has anyone tried this??

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I've been horrible about stress eating in my past. I'm trying very hard to overcome this now since I'll be (hopefully) starting nursing school next fall!

I recently did a shopping haul for random 'relaxation' things lol and I'm hoping they'll help me out! Relaxing scented candles, bath soaps, lotions, teas. As far as the eating part goes, I've been sticking to most of the same snack type foods in hoping it will combat my cravings. Almonds, fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, and other foods that aren't highly processed. I found an app on my phone a few weeks ago that I've been using from time to time when a craving strikes. It's called "Before I Eat" and has a lot of audio to talk you through your feelings and figure out if there's something you can do to avoid eating when you're not really 'hungry'.

I'm not saying all of these things I've done have worked, because if they did I wouldn't be overweight and I would be stress free! I have noticed myself being able to focus a bit better on tasks though and not become so overwhelmed with them and am hoping with more time and practice I can learn to deal with stress better without turning to food!

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In addition to eating strategies, The Power of Habit has some ways to change your response to stress to something different from grabbing food.

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