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Combating stress eating

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TwoLeftSocks Sat 20-May-17 08:35:20

And suggestions on where to start with this? My children are my main source of stress so there's limited amount of ways I can reduce that. I tend to comfort eat when I'm stressed or unhappy, should I be trying to find another healthier habit to go to?

LiveLifeWithPassion Sat 20-May-17 08:38:29

Is there something particular that your children do that causes the stress? Can you feel when it starts to happen?

TwoLeftSocks Sat 20-May-17 08:43:06

Eldest has ADHD, there's alot of bickering between the two of them, all just takes alot of managing to keep things calm. A stress point is definitely the two of them starting to bicker.

CrunchieFeeling Sat 20-May-17 08:58:26

Socks - I've no help but a bucket load of empathy. My eldest is asd/adhd and it's takes a lot to get through the day calmly. By a lot, I mean chocolate. And savoury snacks... I was doing really well last year and lost nearly 3 stone - but I fell off the wagon around Christmas and put on 2 stones (my elderly dad had been in and out of hospital the other end of the country which has been the final tipping point)

I'm going to try to eat healthier, not aiming at weight loss per se but trying to think of healthy foods as my treat to make me feel better. I would always give the children berries etc but go without myself and yet its important for me to have good foods too. Whenever I've lost weight before (and I've been successful!) it's been because i shifted focus on me needing to be healthy / deserving to be looked after too and trying to link the comfort from emotional bingeing to healthy foods instead

TwoLeftSocks Sat 20-May-17 11:44:37

Thank you, I think you're right that I need to have some focus on me, and maybe rather than tackling the whole comfort food thing I could at least start with making sure it's healthy comfort food. I do like exotic fruit but tend to keep it thinking 'the DSs might like this' but I might just raid it all myself.

Still keeping my glass or two of wine at the end of a stressful day though.

wonderwoo Sat 20-May-17 13:27:24

loads of empathy from me too, as a person who also has stress eaten a lot. I hate to say the buzz word of the moment, but how about mindfulness? I did two ten minute meditations guided by a free app, and since then, miraculously, I have been able to deal with stress in a more healthy way by breathing, dropping my shoulders etc, and by taking a minute for myself regularly to do this.

might help a bit?

TwoLeftSocks Sat 20-May-17 18:09:02

I've tried the whole mindfulness thing but it never really worked, though it might now that I have my own pair of ear defenders do can occasionally block them out (I do love them, they're just always at each other).

PaulSimonsMatesMissus Sat 20-May-17 18:14:20

I can empathise - my eating problem seems more connected with anger than stress, but emotional eating has plagued my entire adult life. Some books I have found that helped are 'what's eating you' by Deepak Chopra and 'the 4 day win' by Martha Beck.

And listening to Jess Glynne 'don't be so hard on yourself', it's important to be kind to yourself too.

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