Stress Eating Done Wrong

Tuesday I was home again from work. I woke up without a voice and had been up all night coughing. I made a doctor appointment, went back to sleep and slept until 11am. Doctor diagnosis? Bronchitis. Fun times! My lungs are clear, I feel okay despite the coughing (not run down at all). She gave me antibiotics but said she wasn’t sure they’d even help. I decided to take them (even though I hate antibiotics) just in case I also had a sinus infection and woke up today feeling a lot better. Hmmm. I guess they worked?

This week can take a flying leap as far as Michael and I are concerned! It’s just been one crappy thing after another in a litany of crappiness and illness. Michael and I are good, don’t worry. Sometimes your partner needs some cheering up. Even though I was sick and not feeling great last night, I did my best to cheer him up.

I stopped at World Market on my way home from the doctor and pharmacy and picked up a mini summer sausage, smoked gouda cheese and a discounted box of Valentine’s chocolate covered fortune cookies.

I wrote a little note for Michael to cheer him up and included this fitting quote:

β€œWhen everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford

The smoked gouda was delicious and the sausage was a bit spicy. It really cheered him up.

After our snack I started making dinner. I seasoned the last of our salmon fillets with salt, pepper, a little bit of lemon pepper seasoning and dill.

I sliced up a lemon and topped each salmon fillet with that. The fresh just makes it better.

I added some defrosted green beans to each of the foil packets to cook along with the salmon. It was a super easy way to cook dinner.

I baked it for about 22 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees. While dinner was baking we ate small Caesar salads. The dressing was even better a few days later.

Dinner was good. It was also really simple: bonus!

We sat by candlelight and ate dinner, then had dessert.

Now to the stress eating…Being sick and having massive stresses this last week led me to make some not great choices yesterday. I woke up at 11, skipped breakfast and ate the last of the brownies instead. Probably the equivalent of 1.5 brownie.Β  I ate lunch and then was good the rest of the afternoon.

Then when I was making dinner I ate one of the cupcakes I made. Like seriously. Why? I was making dinner. I’d be eating it within 20 minutes…I couldn’t resist a cupcake and wait until after dinner? Ugh. And guess what? I still ate dessert!

After dinner Michael and I both ate one brownie cupcake (the last of them) and then we split one of the chocolate covered fortune cookies. Bad, bad choices on my part.

QUESTION: Are you a stress eater? How do you prevent it?

15 Responses

  1. I’m a boredom/avoidance eater more than a stress eater, I think. When I’m truly stressed, I can’t eat. But I have that same problem that I want to eat while I’m cooking! Like I’m so impatient I can’t wait 20 minutes? I get so annoyed with myself!

    You’ll laugh but my WW buddy called me yesterday to say “OMFG, I just ate a HUGE cupcake!!! What is wrong with me?!?!?!” I just told her there was no quitting and to jump back on the bandwagon. That’s all you can do because today is a NEW day.

    Isn’t World Market the greatest place ever? It’s a major trigger place for me so I have to be careful. Think how much worse it could have been though – you’re lucky you didn’t drive home with a huge bag of Swedish fish and some hazelnut cookies too!

    1. I could literally buy everything in World Market and be happy!

      I’m both a boredom eater and stress eater. But I do notice when I’m sick that I go back to comfort foods like cookies/ice cream/pizza etc…

      It’s one day and honestly I hadn’t eaten breakfast or any snacks throughout the day (just lunch and dinner) so I’m not too worried. I just knew better than to eat those cupcakes!

  2. I am definitely a stress and also impulse eater. I try to leave a little wiggle room for when I want to have a treat so I still have the points to have one. I deal with stress eating normally by planning my day, but again allowing for a little indulgence. Also, getting out and going for a walk or just distracting myself can work really well too.

  3. Your post really sounds like how I have been feeling this whole week. I get stressed when my boyfriend is stressed and I look for comfort in food. It really isn’t good. You have lost so much so you know that it is about the long term so don’t worry too much.

    By the way, the salmon dish looks fantastic. Yum!

    1. Usually when Michael is stressed I can switch over to being “The Rock” and be supportive and not stressed. This week just didn’t go well. Probably because I was sick. πŸ™

  4. I have been a stress eater. I also ate when I am too hungry, angry lonely or tired. To break this cycle I needed to reach out to others who understand and will not say “oh, just this one time didn’t hurt.” or “Wait I’ll join you, order two.”

    I have people who I can call and email who will talk with me about the stress so I can get through it without eating over it. If I do not choose to reach out and instead pick up something I should not be eating I am hurting myself and once that cycle starts . . .

    Stress eating is like eating poison and expecting the other person/place or thing to die instead of you.

    For me it helps to have plan what I am going to eat each day and eat only what I plan. It can be tough but it is easier than fitting 385 pounds into a movie theater seat. It is easier than trying to explain to my children why the other kids are laughing at their mommy. It is easier than trying to get my formerly-massive butt out of a chair and into the gym.

    1. Well written, thank you for sharing…Normally I have an eating plan and don’t deviate too much from it. Plus I keep some extra calories open to have treats or splurges. It’s those moments that sneak up on you when you’re not expecting it is hard!

      Glad you have a support system!

  5. I’m definitely a stress eater! Whenever I’m sad or stressed or lonely, I eat. The thing is, from what I can tell from following your blog, you rarely, rarely eat desserts mindlessly like you did this time. So relax! I doubt you did much damage. We all over-indulge once in awhile and it won’t be the end of our diet/healthy eating success. Just make better choices today and the next day, and that one bad day will melt away!

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  7. more like stress eating done AWESOME. I beat you: I ate half a sleeve of frozen thin mints last night after dinner. Now THAT is stress eating. But you’re disciplined and you’ll balance it out, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

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