Stressed out and eatting like a trash compactor...

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    Aug 29, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    I know dealing with the stress and other things first might be a better start... but it's been hard too. I've gained a lot of weight these past few years and need some ideas of some munchies that I might be able to consume in mass quantities and not worry about the cals so much (just thought of buying a veggie platter but I would probably load that with tons of mayo heavy dressings).

    I used to munch on Wheat Thins, but I think that'd drive my coworkers nuts.
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    Aug 29, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    take away all the bad stuff if u dont have it in ur possession its not as easily accessible and replace it with graper berries and other foods that are good to eat (even low fat popcorn) . when u feel stressed go for a walk and listen to music instead of eat and drink water it might make ur hunger go away
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    Aug 29, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    or u can replace ur munching with something better for stress releif ;)
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    Aug 29, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    ha! ;) I should have STARTED with that, might not be in this whole mess.
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    Aug 30, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    I agree with waxon.

    Keeping these munchies accessible can be a sure way to failure. Go ahead and trash the low nutrient foods and don't purchase them again. Not keeping them within reach goes a long way to keeping them out your mouth.

    Keep rice cakes around for a bit or go to low-sodium foods/low fat then nothing when you feel you have the will power to swear off these foods. However, judging from your line about the veggie platters, start your day off with a full serving of oatmeal and see how the munchies are later during the day and go from there.
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    Aug 30, 2010 1:22 AM GMT

    Go easy on yourself, Mike. It sounds like you've realized that (like many, many others) you eat to deal with stress. That in itself is a big step. Next, try to put stuff that's not nutritious out of reach, keep yourself full on good stuff and keep healthy low fat, high fiber foods like fresh fruit vegetables at hand. Much success or frustration in healthy eating seems to start in the supermarket.

    Accept also that you may have slip ups. They're not the end of the world and they needn't be an excuse to backslide completely.

    You may even find that keeping well nourished and fitting in regular exercise will lower your stress level and so lessen the urge to snack.

    Best of luck!
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    Aug 30, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    thanks guys...really good advice. i have the same problem...
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    Aug 30, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    Try to avoid low fiber carbs like cookies, most snack foods, candy...

    Drink water.

    Whole fruit or fresh vegetables for snacks, in other words some carbs but with fiber to help fill you up.

    Drink water.

    A handful of almonds or wlanuts can settle the hunger and do good things for your innards.

    Drink water.

    Make meals light, but important. Think fresh, fiber, lean, low fat. Moderate to low carbs. Don't skip meals. Pack lunch because it is hard to buy a good lunch on the run.

    Drink water.

    As an exercise, you might compare what you eat to a diet given to me by a doctor a while back:

    Lean Meat [pork, beef, poultry, fish]
    Fresh Fruit
    Fresh Vegetables
    Skim Milk
    Cottage Cheese [1%]
    Walk for 1/2 hour a day

    Drink water.

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    Aug 30, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    What LJ said is pretty much exactly what I was going to post.

    Lots of water (and herbal or green tea is good too, in order to give it some flavor when you get tired of plain water). Unsalted nuts (I get the Costco nuts, then make my own variety by putting it in ziplock bags), cottage cheese, the oatmeal in the morning is what I had for a lot of years. And doing something else.

    Other people said pretty much all of the above. But, it's still true.
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    Ricovelas saidI agree with waxon.

    Keeping these munchies accessible can be a sure way to failure. Go ahead and trash the low nutrient foods and don't purchase them again. Not keeping them within reach goes a long way to keeping them out your mouth.

    Keep rice cakes around for a bit or go to low-sodium foods/low fat then nothing when you feel you have the will power to swear off these foods. However, judging from your line about the veggie platters, start your day off with a full serving of oatmeal and see how the munchies are later during the day and go from there.


    And don't go grocery shopping on an empty stomach!
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    I know what you mean OP. Lately I've been very stressed and have gained a bit of weight myself.
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    no one can beat me when im stressed. i eat like two WHOLE cakes. DAMN. icon_evil.gif
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    Stressed out and eatting like a trash compactor...

    At least not stressed out and eating FROM a trash compactor... icon_rolleyes.gif

    Seriously, some good suggestions above. Very often the urge to snack has less to do with filling your stomach than with chewing, which is where the nervous response to the stress comes in. So fillers like oatmeal, while healthy, may not satisfy the oral urge (don't go there).

    I'm a terrible snack eater, munching all the time, and my personal choice is veggies, which are generally non-fattening, healthy, and can be filling, too. If you buy a prepared tray, just use some some discipline and toss out the dip if it comes with one, or give it to a friend. And don't ever put mayo or other dressings on them.

    Better yet, of course, save the added cost of a prepared tray and buy fresh veggies whole, like carrots and celery, and cauliflower and broccoli if you like those. You can also buy bags of little bite-size carrots that don't need peeling, and you don't have to sit there gnawing on a whole carrot like Bugs Bunny, just pop them into your money like candy.

    Certain nuts are good snacks, too, like walnuts. Which happen to be a very high source of omega-3 fatty acids, kind of a surprise to people who think it only occurs in fish.

    But bottom line, I think while you remain stressed you're gonna wanna chew, no matter how full your stomach feels. So don't fight it, just chew the good stuff.
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    wow such a timely thread - I'm going through exactly the same thing right now and its so terrible.

    I won't go into details but my sanity is challenged on a daily basis

    lol

    thx for all the advice guys

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    Aug 30, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    Pretty much all good advise -

    If at work, I would try the following -

    * Have almonds, dried berries, etc. at your desk. Consume one serving every 3 to 4 hours.

    * Have peanut butter on hand with maybe some celery or carrots. Be mindful of the serving portion of peanut butter, good source of protein and fats - but do not exceed more than 1-2 tablespoons.

    * Try a protein whey shake at work as well - you can combine it with skim milk, or unsweetened soy milk whatever you prefer. This will make you full.

    * Chamomile tea is very good for the nerves and green tea, I find it it helps me with the stress.

    * Change mayo heavy dressings to low fat balsamic vinaigrette.

    * Have yogurt at hand, but look at the amount of sugar on some of the yogurts which is bad, I like Fage 2% with strawberries it has 17g which is low for yogurts and 10 grams of protein

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    Aug 30, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    As long as you don't actually eat the trash compactor, you'll be ok once you get a handle on your stress. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 31, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    I'm down 40lbs now icon_smile.gif
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Dec 31, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    Congrats!!!
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    Dec 31, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    Self Control... start small, work up. Weak minds can be worked out.
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    Dec 31, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    MikeInSLC saidI'm down 40lbs now icon_smile.gif



    Awesome work man!
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    Dec 31, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    You shouldn't give a shit what your co workers think....You do what works for ya...Man...instead of dipping those veggies in a mayo dressing...Try this....get some plain low fat yogurt....add a packet of dried onion soup mix....actually it's pretty tasty....Using myself as an example....I gained some weight during the holiday...most of us do....you did it...you felt guilty...now it's over....Get back to your lifting, exercise, and eating routine and things will be golden....Good luck.....BUD
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    Jan 02, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    MikeInSLC saidI'm down 40lbs now icon_smile.gif


    Congrats! Wish I was able to do the same!
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    Jan 08, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    i eat edamames - great for snacks. I usually prepare it in the morning (which involves nothing but boiling it in water with salt for 5-6 minutes)
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    Jan 08, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    i wish I had that problem.. when I stress I lose appetite and weight
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    Jan 08, 2011 4:25 AM GMT

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