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Recession Proof Your Diet: Avoid Comforting Yourself With Food

During the tough times of the economy, many of us feel down about the way the nation is headed. And for some of us, being upset translates into eating for comfort. Unfortunately, the food we turn to (chips, cookies, ice cream, etc.) tends to not be very healthy and could wind up costing us more (financially and on the scale) in the long run.

So try to keep your eye on the ball. Things may seem bad, but you're going to feel a lot worse if you've suddenly gained 10 pounds. Turn your negative energy into figuring out ways for staying healthy for without spending too much money and working out on a budget. I know that carrot and celery sticks may not be as comforting as a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, but they're a lot cheaper. Plus, I've personally been taking advantage of Whole Foods' Meals For 4 Under $15 so I always have healthy meals offhand. Then I allow myself treats on occasion, but just not as I am watching the six o'clock news about how the stock market tanked, yet again.

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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I think it's easies to just make your favorite dishes healthier. Take spaghetti for example. I love it too, Urban Bohemian, but I make it with whole wheat pasta and very lean ground beef. My whole dinner only ends up being around 440 calories.
graylen graylen 8 years
I think some of it is redefining what you reach for. That's what has worked best for me. Tonight, I really wanted to comfort eat, but instead of eating ice cream I ate strawberries with a little bit of whipped topping. Solves the sweet, comfort craving but is healthy too. I did the same with buying sorbet instead of Coldstone's! That was a little bit harder but you feel so much better afterward.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i thiknt hat it's a common thing for us to snack on things when we're stressed and anxious so it's a great thing that you've shared the idea to snack on carrots and all that. i find myself sometimes reaching or wanting to reach for sugary snacks, but at least lately i've gone for pretzels, or fruit or veggies...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I was going to eat spaghetti with marinara sauce tonight and polish off a considerable amount of Double Stuf Oreos, but my good side came in and stuck with the re-amped healthy program for myself. I ate lentils and a salad. I feel good because the pasta and Oreos were psychological desires more than physical cravings, and I was able to discern between the two. Besides, I have no Oreos in my apartment, and buying a pack causes more than $4. Not worth it. I'd rather hold out until Thanksgiving.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Honestly, I probably eat less and better, because I'm not buying as much and I've been really careful about what I spend my money on, meaning no chips or sweets or other empty things that end up bulking up the grocery bill.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, it's funny...I've noticed that despite all the talk about rising food prices, I haven't seen a huge increase in my grocery bill. I buy mostly unprocessed foods; lots of fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, etc. At the stores, I notice that the processed foods are the ones that are going up in price the most. It makes sense to me...eliminate the middleman (the food manufacturers) and you cut costs. I think we just need to go back to eating like our ancestors did...REAL food. It'll be a lot better for our budgets and our waistlines.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I have to exercise when stressed anyway, even though it's specifically today that I feel more stressed.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'll be comforting myself, while I wait for the results of the election tonight, with a few slices of cheese pizza. Bad, I know, but tonight is definitely an exception.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with this article.
llendril llendril 8 years
thank you for this! i got my pink slip a week ago, and am trying to find ways to fill all of my sudden free time with activities that don't involve eating, eating, and more eating.
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