September 1, 2011 by Danielle
Hi, my name is Dani and I’m a stress eater.
I often get “hangry” (hungry+angry=hangry) and I have been in a “funk” of sorts for the last 48 hours, so when I arrived home hungry and frazzled state after another stressful day at work, I set straight to work organizing our guest room since we have a friend visiting this weekend and another friend staying with us for an extended period of time.
Normally I wouldn’t be stressed out about doing a little cleaning, but my building work stress on top of the pre-visitor cleaning and our new (to us) couch* being delivered later in the evening, I was a mess. And some
onething had to be the victim.
I set my sights on the innocent container of gum drops sitting on the counter and by the time I had finished rearranging, cleaning and “editing” our possessions, the container was no mas. And this was all before dinner time. OOPS. After having some whole wheat pasta for dinner, I was still feeling grumpy…so I decided to wander into what was left of our secret stash of Sun Chips-which were an impulse buy. DOUBLE OOPS.
If you can’t tell yet, I’m a stress eater, which, as much as I don’t want to admit it, is a form of emotional eating. I usually try to keep my blog as happy and light as I can, but sometimes I have to get a little serious (and touchy feely). Mixing emotions and eating has always been touch and go for me, especially when I’m stressed out or bored. I’m always working on ways to put things in perspective and find constructive outlets for dealing with my stress, which is of course one of the reason that I enjoy working out, it usually brightens my mood in a snap.
I’m always strengthening my arsenal of tools to deal with the dreaded stress and emotional eating, I wanted to share a few things that have worked for me as well as some insight from some of my favorite bloggers.
- H.A.L.T-Monica at Run, Eat, Repeat came up with this great acronym to make you think before you eat.
- Work stresses me out…so I posted this on my computer from a great post on stress from Jen at Peanut Butter Runner.
- Jillian Michaels. She knows what she’s talking about. Her podcast episode, “The Jillian Michaels Show“>Stop Snacking Tips”, is a great podcast to listen to for tips to stop mindless snacking. She’s also hilarious-even Jillian has DOUBLE OOPS moments.
- Tina from Faith, Food Fitness, did a great post a few weeks ago about emotional eating, triggers and being a work in progress. I always appreciate transparent blogging!
*As I was writing this post, Miss Fiona added to my stress levels by staring directly at me and squatting on our brand new couch. Suffice to say my stress levels are once again high and she is on my you know what list. Luckily there are no more gum drops to be had.