I eat to deal with work stress.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    I eat alot of unhealthy food to deal with the very stressful work environment. Like today I had a pizza sub, 2 chocolate shakes, and ate some more when I got home. I have been eating fast food again on a daily basis.

    Well first I should explain a little about my work environment. I dont think many people have to deal with what i deal with on a daily basis. I work in a very busy pharmacy that the companies believes in the more with less so you are really working as 4 people. Most of the customer basis is either very old or very poor and on medical assistance. Also all of the customer basis is very needy and will not do anything for themselves besides yell at us until we get it figured out. On top of the huge work load we have to deal with. Is there a better way to deal with this stress besides eating? Does anyone else have another thing I could do.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    I used to eat to deal with stress. You should've seen my high school graduation photo! I combat this by keeping myself very busy, even in my nonworking hours. I make sure to do some exercise every day. Do you have any hobbies? This might sound corny or trite, but to me the biggest motivation in not overeating/eating poorly is how good I feel when I eat healthy and exercise.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    o my ...the same thing happened to me last month ..i realized i was eating fast food as it made me feel at ease in the office as the atmosphere and workload was allot and i had to stop that bad habit before it unpacked its luggage...for lunch now i have oatmeal..an apple and water....
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Mar 16, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I'm a total stress eater, I can understand. What I do is try to have other things on hand munch on instead, which I know is kind of lame.

    I try to get up and away from my desk for a few minutes and do a lap walking around the office. I also go right to the gym from work and use that as a focus for the stress, either with weight lifting, cardio or kickboxing.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI'm a total stress eater, I can understand. What I do is try to have other things on hand munch on instead, which I know is kind of lame.

    I try to get up and away from my desk for a few minutes and do a lap walking around the office. I also go right to the gym from work and use that as a focus for the stress, either with weight lifting, cardio or kickboxing.


    Outstanding idea. A bag of celery, carrots, cucumber, or broccoli works wonders.
  • calibro

    Posts: 8888

    Mar 16, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Aside from exercise I recommend if you're going to eat then eat food with lots of water and fiber but low in calories, i.e., fruits and vegetables. If you can get through a bag of apples or carrots and still want to eat anything after than kudos to you.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 12:32 PM GMT
    You are probably eating fast food/junk because it's easy and comforting, and that's completely understandable.

    When I realized I was doing this last year, my solution was to cook my lunch the night before and bring it to work along with some fruit or raw veggies for a snack. The hardest part is making myself cook the food (more time out of my precious day!) but it's totally worth it.

    If you have the healthy food in front of you AND you made it, you are more likely to eat it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    Thank God for high metabolism... because I've been known to do the same.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
    Try fat free Cool Whip instead. Works wonders. And if you zap a bowl of it in the microwave, you'll find out there is actually only about one tablespoon of sweet stuff there.

    Cures stress HANDS DOWN. Eat a bowl.
  • masculumpedes

    Posts: 5549

    Mar 16, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    I'm just the opposite, when under stress, I do not eat.....I can't.....I lose my appetite.icon_eek.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
    As a medical student, stress is a big part of my life. I am constantly being criticised for not knowing enough by doctors who are specialists in their area, I am thrown into new situations and have to take the lead calmly and then impending responsibility for people's lives in the near future. My panic-default, perfectionist personality doesn't help either. I use the following combination to reduce stress:

    - exercise: I find cardio (running etc) soothing
    - breathing: I slow my breathing rate when I begin to feel agitated as it activates your parasympathetic nervous system to calm you down
    - meditation: I use a guided relaxation meditation on my iphone pretty regularly
    - medication: I used to be on anti-depressant medication but now I use St John Wort as it has good evidence for mild anxiety and stress and no sexual side effects
    - psychological counselling: I see my shrink regularly to discuss stuff and she has a way to point out my unhelpful thoughts (also my general practitioner is gold)
    - sex: who can stay stressed when someone is kissing ur neck or sucking u off? lol

    Hope something here helps for you as alternative stress reduction to high calorie intake.
  • swimmerdude52...

    Posts: 119

    Mar 16, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    I used to deal with my stress in similar ways. and i am a poor college kids so fast food always is easier for me. Try picking up another habit to deal with the stress. I started running once a day after all my work is done (i usually dont leave campus till around 730) It sucks at first but after a week or two you start looking forward to it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    tokid.. I am always afraid at work what if I accidentally kill someone? That would be awful. Sorry wanted to add that in there on a side note.

    Anyways thank you all for the replies. I should just find more healthy food to snack on while at work. Seems simple enough and its amazing I didn't really think of that. I am hoping the new place I move in will also help with the stress. I would love to run or walk but it is hard after standing around for a 10 hour shift with no break. Ill work on that.

    Pianist I am to busy right now with work and school for hobbies. I don't remember the last time I have done anything. Well actually I am not technically in school right now but I do alot of studying for a exam now. I guess ill have to make my own hobbies.
  • MadeinMich

    Posts: 1624

    Mar 16, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    chogenki saidYou are probably eating fast food/junk because it's easy and comforting, and that's completely understandable.

    When I realized I was doing this last year, my solution was to cook my lunch the night before and bring it to work along with some fruit or raw veggies for a snack. The hardest part is making myself cook the food (more time out of my precious day!) but it's totally worth it.

    If you have the healthy food in front of you AND you made it, you are more likely to eat it.


    A step better than that. What I do every sunday is broil 5 piece of chicken breast (one for every day), Boil 4-5 packages of brown rice for every day of the week. And that is my lunch. Easy to prepare every day and healthy and full of protein. Totally this mean is about 300-350 calories and 30g of protein, and it is very satisfying and light.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 16, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    chris8787 saidtokid.. I am always afraid at work what if I accidentally kill someone? That would be awful. Sorry wanted to add that in there on a side note.


    Dude, being in healthcare our 'work' has to do with people's lives. There are two sides to this coin.

    1. The reality is that we are human being and make mistakes. Probably not what you want to hear. I am not perfect and I dont know anybody who is. It sucks but it definitely sounds like you're not taking this lightly. This brings me to my second point.

    2. You are a member of a team in a system. There are checks and balances for detecting errors and near misses. Well at least there should be. Take the time to find out from the journal what are the commonest mistakes (people document this stuff) and what system measures have the greatest capacity for prevention.

    P.S. stress is known to reduce concentration and performance. You are less likely to make an accident if you are happy and healthy. Taking the time to address this will benefit your patients and changing your thinking from worry to happy diligence will make your life better too- trust me, i've been battling this very issue for 24 months solidly and am just now feeling like i'm getting on top of it all.

    If this is helpful and you have any other questions, feel free to message me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 17, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    Not adding anything new, but just underscoring the importance of low-cal substitutes.

    I work a crappy high-stress job, too, and I turn to food when it gets me upset or depressed. But the wisest thing I did was to start gorging myself on low-calorie alternatives.

    For example, I only drink zero-calorie beverages, period. And I'll snack on fruit or reduced-calorie snacks. For me, I find that it's really the act of eating that relieves depression/stress. The actual food is irrelevant.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 17, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    I go for a light jog to a run depending on how much I need to blow off.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 17, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    chris8787 saidI eat alot of unhealthy food to deal with the very stressful work environment. Like today I had a pizza sub, 2 chocolate shakes, and ate some more when I got home. I have been eating fast food again on a daily basis.

    Well first I should explain a little about my work environment. I dont think many people have to deal with what i deal with on a daily basis. I work in a very busy pharmacy that the companies believes in the more with less so you are really working as 4 people. Most of the customer basis is either very old or very poor and on medical assistance. Also all of the customer basis is very needy and will not do anything for themselves besides yell at us until we get it figured out. On top of the huge work load we have to deal with. Is there a better way to deal with this stress besides eating? Does anyone else have another thing I could do.


    You must work for the same company that I used to work for. 10 hour shifts and sometimes more with very little help. I had to manage the sales floor as well as work in the Pharmacy when it was busy, which in my case was all the time. I did what you are doing and gained a serious amount of weight. Before I left my job to work for myself, I started exercising every day before work as I was too tired to do it after. I also made sure that I took healthy food with me. The day or night before I would cook either some kind of fish or chicken and I would make a weeks worth of brown rice every Thursday as this was my day off. I would also take a bag of fruits and a bag of veggies as well as either a salad or cottage cheese. I also made sure that I had at least one day off a week and that was Thursday as I knew that I could not have a weekend day off. The stress became very manageable doing this and not only have I lost a serious amount of weight, but I also feel great and look good. Before I left my job, everyone was asking me what I was doing because I looked so much better.
  • barriehomeboy

    Posts: 2475

    Mar 17, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    Only a psychiatrist or psychologist can help you with why you are eating in response to stress. Us gay bois here can help you not kill yourself with food until that happens though.

    You're either eating comfort foods, or battling the effects of stress on your digestive tract.

    The greasy fast foods suggest that it might be a comfort food thing.

    Next time, try a full body massage (from a really hot guy hopefully) to relieve your stress. Do you still feel the need to eat after the massage? If so, your problem is more gastric than mental.

    If you're going to stuff food into you mouth, it has to be healthy and filling. Salads dude. Lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and nuts. You might get gassy if they are not part of your current diet, but that goes away, after 3 days of eating the stuff, when your digestive system gets used to it.

    Or you could get a less stressful job and keep eating pizza when you feel bad.

    It's good to have options, no?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 17, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    I wonder how good apple sauce is. I eat alot of apple sauce.
  • wander2340

    Posts: 176

    Mar 17, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    All I could think when I first read your post is "I bet he works at Walgreens" LOL

    My job is also highly stressful and demanding. I've found that it helps to have plenty of relatively healthy snacks on hand so that when you get the urge you don't end up eating something you'll regret later on. It is surprising how satisfying some fruit can be.