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Friday, January 15, 2010

Stress Eating

Thoughts for today
I've always kind of known in the back of my head that I was a stress eater, but it really hit home today. Things got a little hectic and stressful around the house earlier this evening, no big deal, happens with everyone sometimes. But I noticed myself head straight for the pantry for snacks in the midst of it all. I wasn't hungry at all and I wasn't craving anything in particular, instinct just guided me there. I guess because I've been doing all this blogging in the last two weeks, I was able to realize in a more conscious way than ever before that I was in the act of stress eating.  I ended up having only a couple Tostitos and quit the snacking. 

I don't think there's any brilliant lesson here, but I think as a result of this little experience, I'll be more aware from now when I'm eating for the wrong reason or for no reason at all.


Toasted wheat pita bread with a little bit of County Crock. 2 cups of black coffee.

Logan's Roadhouse. 6 oz. Sirloin Steak, Baked Potato with just a little butter and sour cream, salad with balsamic vinegarette dressing. First red meat I've had all year I think and I loved it.

Chinese takeout. Chicken and Garlic, steamed white rice, and a few won tons from the soup. Portions all fit neatly in their little section of my pentitentiary tray.

8-10 Reduced Fat Wheat Thins. A few wheat pretzel sticks.


  1. Recognizing it is the first step in ending it. :) Good for you!

  2. I agree. It's good to be an observer of yourself. I tend to be a stress eater too. I often wonder when I learned to turn to food as my coping mechanism in life!

  3. Catching yourself stress eating is a huge step in the right direction. Way to go.

  4. Thanks for the support Tammy, Amelia, and Enz!

    Amelia that's a good question. When I was a little kid, my friends and I used to sit on the steps in front of the neighborhood store eating Twinkies, Reeses Cups, BBQ chips, Orange Crush, and the like, so I guess it started then for me. Of course, I never gained an ounce of weight back then, unlike now!