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Are You a Stress Eater?

I don't think it is possible to listen to the news without becoming at least somewhat stressed. First there is the economy, then more bad news from the Middle East, anxiety about the upcoming presidential election, and in my neck of the woods, fires. Many people reach for carbohydrate-rich foods when they are stressed, and often sugary ones at that. Carbs help the brain make serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical. Stress eating is often unconscious, which can sabotage a diet and make it hard to maintain a healthy weight.

While you can try to nourish yourself and placate the gnawing stress in your belly by healthier means than donuts, it can be hard. One creative business owner opened a smash shack where you can throw plates at a wall to relieve your stress. I guess better to throw a plate than to eat the plate.

What I want to know is . . .


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CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 7 years
i can't eat at all when i am stressed... anything i eat ends up making me feel like my stomach is in knots...
rwashum88 rwashum88 8 years
When I'm stressed I tend to clean, take walks and under eat.
bibelot bibelot 8 years
YES, I am a total "soothe myself with food" kind of person. I usually fall for chocolate, a creamy pasta dish like fettucine Alfredo, or a slice of pizza. I'm finishing law school this semester, and it's been really hard - I'm living at home right now, and my mother and I fight a lot. Sometimes just sitting down with a bowl of pasta or something is nice because it doesn't scream at me. I'm usually furious with myself afterwards, but at that moment it feels good to eat the pasta, the pizza, whatever.
emaxfin5 emaxfin5 8 years
it really just depends for me.. sometimes if im stressed i will eat eat eat but other times i wont eat at all..
jenni_po jenni_po 8 years
Wow, I wish I could avoid eating when stressed! All I want to do is distract myself from the stress I'm feeling, and food is such an easy way to do that and put off dealing with something else. Bah. A good tip (and it worked for me in college; I LOST but did not gain weight!) is to keep only healthy foods in the house, so even if you do stress-binge, at most you've eaten a whole bag of baby carrots or something. I also eat to celebrate when happy, and when bored, so I guess I just love eating in general... :-D.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
When I'm upset (Like, I had a huge fight with the boyfriend), I won't eat. Nothing looks good, I don't have the energy to eat or be active, and I sleep until I start feeling better. That can go on for days. When I need to cram for an exam or I'm disappointed with something (So, a different kind of stress/depression), I'll eat. I'm still young, so I figure, why not give into my cravings before my metabolism hits the floor in a decade??
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
yes indeed al sweets 4 me
kia kia 8 years
I tend to overeat when I am stressed.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
YES but it's all about salt for me
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
I absolutely am.
meechie meechie 8 years
if i am really stressed out i will not eat at all!!!!!!!!!!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
emotional stressed eater. food has always been my comfort whether it's the warm memories of fresh baked goodies from Abuela or Mama, or the greasiness of fast food that seems to soothe a pissed off "f*ck it, i'm an idiot anyways, might as well" attitude. i try to gear the meotions into something productive, other than eating, but it's so hard. especially when i gear the emotion into baking or cooking! ack. means more sweets to stuff my face with. -.-
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I'm pretty good about controlling my eating when I'm emotional or stressed.
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 8 years
No, am not. But, that picture made me crave Krispy Kream :s I tend to kill my stress by drinking water, tea or warm milk :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm like fcseamstress. When I'm stressed out, I get crazy motivated and start cleaning/cooking/working out like crazy. But if you add in lack of sleep, I can't stop eating. I know it's because it sets off a signal in head that says "You have no energy, you must be hungry" because I get caught up doing things when I'm stressed out and forget to eat, but the signal doesn't turn off when I'm exhausted too.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, I'm not. When I overeat it's due to PMS (hormone-driven).
haelmore haelmore 8 years
I don't eat when I'm stressed. I go to the fridge at "meal times" and NOTHING looks good. I usually make myself eat a Zone bar or something so my body doesn't go into starvation mode.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
I actually lose a ton of weight when I'm stressed because I can't eat at all when I'm stressed. When I'm happy and not stressed, bring on the food!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I can't eat when stressed. I've seen people say that they wish they were like that but I hate it. I can't function without energy from food so if I can't eat I don't like it at all and I can't do exercise to get rid of the stress unless I eat which I can't because I'm stressed. I normally pick something I can manage to make myself eat when stressed so I don't feel weak from the lack of energy.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I usually only stress-eat when I'm tired and stressed. If I have energy while stressed I put it to use, usually sewing or healthy cooking (which means I eat a normal amount). But when I'm tired and stressed it's off to the drive thru, which means I'm hungry again in an hour or two... It's a bad habit I know, that's why I try to have 2-3 frozen meals (leftovers) so when I get that way at least I eat something that will keep me full that's easy to prepare.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
No, I don't grab the comfort foods when stressed or unhappy. My mother does that and it drives me nuts! But when I'm PMSing if there is chocolate, caffeine, salty snacks, or alcohol around I will gravitate toward it! I hate it and it's hard to control what my body is craving.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I am a stress-eater. I found myself finished half a box of frosted flakes the other day when I am under stress (need to meet deadline for a project).
emileigh emileigh 8 years
I can't eat when I'm stressed, either. I buy Carnation Instant Breakfast to drink when I'm stressed so I won't end up skipping meals. I do eat when I'm bored, though... same problem, different emotional trigger.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I'm the opposite - I'm a stress non-eater. I feel nauseous all the time if I'm anxious or worried about something. I also develop ulcers. Uhhhmmmmm ... so yeah, I'm not a stress eater!
foxie foxie 8 years
I guess so! My husband deployed yesterday and I've been stuffing my face constantly. =(
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