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People who don't comfort eat: how do you de-stress?

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LadyAlysVorpatril Sun 04-May-14 22:42:04

I am trying to diet but my habit of dealing with stress by eating is so hard to beat. All the ways I can think of to relax or destress are impossible when you're in sole charge of a 2 year old all day and work in the evening.

Eg. We had a stressful 1.5 hr train journey where he wanted to run around and I had to keep him in his seat without being able to distract him with books, a meal, or playing on my phone because he gets travel sick. I felt so frazzled at the end of it (and we were still 2.5hrs from home!). All I wanted to do was eat. What would a normal person do?

Any suggestions welcome!

WorraLiberty Sun 04-May-14 22:47:26

Honestly? I just accept that right now, is a very stressful situation and that it will eventually be over.

I used to focus on their bedtime and count down the minutes grin

treaclesoda Sun 04-May-14 22:49:10

I drink gallons of coffee blush

That's not good either but it takes my mind off wanting to eat

DurhamDurham Sun 04-May-14 22:50:53

I spend hours in the bath, literally entire evenings spent in the bath topping up when necessary. If I find myself getting stressed or miserable I run a bath and disappear.

Meglet Sun 04-May-14 22:52:14

Pre-kids I would beast it at the gym.

Now I'm stuck in the house I shovel food in like there's no tomorrow when I'm stressed. Salted popcorn is my vice.

gamerchick Sun 04-May-14 22:54:24

ciggie or redbull in the shorterm. But mostly xbox with a bit of bingo thrown in. bingo is one of the places you can go to alone.. where no kids are allowed, lasts around 2 hours and you finish at 9. Of course with the little bit of potential winnings thrown in.

I can't eat past 6ish pm or I get horrible nightmares so comfort eating is no good to me anyroad.

thenightsky Sun 04-May-14 22:54:39

When I'm really properly stressed my stomach is in knots and i'm unable to eat without feeling sick.

Fairylea Sun 04-May-14 22:55:20

I choose cake.

And that's why I am fat.

But I'd rather be fat than stressed.

When I was very slim it was because I replaced the cake with vodka and slimline tonic and then I was too off my trolley to fancy eating cake.

As you can tell.. I might need some tips too.

DioneTheDiabolist Sun 04-May-14 23:09:44

I do a number of things, depending on time and energy available. Not all of them good for me.

I smoke.
I drink tea.
I go for a walk.
I get off my arse and do some stretches.
I drink alcohol.
I imagine what I would do on my dream holiday (which I sometimes research on the Internet).blush
I dance.
I comfort eat sometimes, but when I do, I don't eat much.

Maybe if I do more of the good de-stressers, I'll need the bad ones less often. <<lightbulb moment>>

trufflesnout Sun 04-May-14 23:17:01

I am slim and stressed.

justkeeponsmiling Sun 04-May-14 23:21:41

Alcohol. Every time grin

LadyAlysVorpatril Sun 04-May-14 23:24:08

Well, we do have some vodka in the house :-)

LadyAlysVorpatril Sun 04-May-14 23:25:49

I suppose worra's advice is probably better though. Just accept the stress and ignore the chocolate croissants!

MistyMeena Sun 04-May-14 23:27:38

When stressed I can't eat. I am very often stressed (self employed!) therefore I am thin. When I find time to eat I eat crap. I am underweight and probably very unhealthy. To de-stress I go to bed as soon as kids are asleep. Makes for an interesting marriage. More stress. Sorry to derail. Feeling sorry for self today!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 04-May-14 23:30:18


pommedeterre Sun 04-May-14 23:32:55

Currently pg so back to eating but last year I stopped my binges by not eating breakfast and drinking lots of wine every evening. I was the slimmest id been for ages.

JassyRadlett Sun 04-May-14 23:39:05

I keep my hands busy - knitting and sewing, mainly.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Sun 04-May-14 23:52:43

Black tea and splatter movies. If this isn't possible, a gyro hand exerciser. After 20 minutes, the fatigue shuts down appetite.

MostWicked Mon 05-May-14 00:02:30

Play a game
Accept the situation
Do something about it.

I can't eat when I'm stressed or sad. I want booze. Or coffee during the day. I

I do get PMT sugar craving so I understand that need to feed. I'm going on a no sugar diet in June to try and stop cravings.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 05-May-14 00:10:37

Do something active. Could be running around with the kid or attacking pruning shrubs with loppers.

Watch/listen to something that makes me laugh.


Killer sudoku or a cryptic crossword at bedtime (diverts the brain from stressy thoughts)

More tea (decaff after 6pm).

kissmyheathenass Mon 05-May-14 00:16:32

I walk my dog - fast and furious. Or I drink wine. Often occasionally after a good walk the desire for wine has vanished.

LadyAlysVorpatril Mon 05-May-14 00:23:19

Right, I am going to try to substitute comfort eating with exercise. This is it. I am changing my life!

kissmyheathenass Mon 05-May-14 00:27:13

Find an exercise you enjoy. It has taken me decades to realise I love walking, fast and on my own. its a great de-stresser. Hate hate hate gyms ,jogging, classes and most other forms of exercise.

DrinkMoreWater Mon 05-May-14 00:28:54

Do you feel hungry or do you just fancy something nice or do you want a whole packet of biscuits 'because you can'?

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