Do you eat much when you are stressed?

@SimpleBB (1332)
Philippines
August 28, 2010 7:23am CST
I am not particular with my eating pattern. I always level it to normal. I'm not following any diet advices. I usually take my breakfast whatever is on the table just the same with lunch and dinner, but in normal level. But I am not more of meat taker. Sometimes I feel like I'm craving for something, that's when I take time to find and have it even in a small amount just to satisfy my tastebuds. What bothers me most is when I feel stressed, I've noticed that I eat a lot. My friends usually tells me that they know if I'm stessed. I get used to increase weight because of eating much. They say that eating is my outlet of being stressed. Have you something in particular as your outlet when your stress?
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
dear simpleBB, food is my outlet when i am stressed or dissatisfied or even when i am depressed. it is not a good outlet, i know, but since i live alone and my best friend is very far away, i tend to put my effort on food. i am a ton heavier lately and now my problem is how to lower it. have a nice day. ann
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@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
yes tigeraunt, getting heavier caused by food as stress reliever will only add our stress and crave for more food...lol. A not-good cycle. Good luck for us to find a better alternative that could be useful for us. Happy mylotting.
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
29 Aug 10
Hi dear, In my case, if I am stressed, I eat less. My mind may be disturbed and concentrated with the subject where I am troubled. In such cases, I don’t even prefer to eat also. But the magnitude is depending on the seriousness of the matter. But preferably, I do not like have too much at any times. Sometimes, the taste of the food and if so hungry, will have little more but not beyond the limits. I think for many people, having food at times is important and the situations can be any they don’t mind. Regards, Thank-s
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
You have a strong control of yourself. Good for you. Thanks for responding here in this issue. Happy mylotting.
• India
9 Sep 10
Hi dear, So nice of you and thans for your response. Happy myloting and best regards, Thank-s
@dodo19 (33989)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
6 Sep 10
No, I really eat much when I'm stressed. Whenever I'm under some stress, I'm actually not hungry at all. It's usually when I eat the lest. For one reason or another, this has always been the case for me. It's just the way that my body works, and has worked for a long time.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Thanks dodo, good for people like you to have such body reaction to stressed. Gaining weight would not be a big deal. Thanks for the sharing your response to this post.
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
3 Sep 10
that's the tendency... but i am trying to control it... but the downside and putting a noose on one's gustatory leanings is that i get my smoking on a increased frequency... i really have to cut loose from both... overeating can spike my blood sugar... smoking is really bad for the heart...
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
I agree with you, both are harmful for our health. And of course, we don't want to get into some problems concerning our health. Well, I think that's the only thing we can do. TRY to cut loose from both. Good luck to us. Thanks to your idea.
@mauie0918 (339)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I can't eat when I'm stressed out! What I always do is to take a rest, or take a nap! Sometimes I go out with friends.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
How I wish I can be like you. Thanks for sharing your idea.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
A big YES! LOL. Well, when there's available food I really do eat when I'm stressed, also when I'm depressed. I love eating but it really doesn't show. I don't know why but It's really difficult for me to gain weight.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Good for you, that would not be a problem for you. ACtually, the reason why I consider eating habit as stress reliever is the reason of gaining weight. Well, for you it doesn't seem a big deal. Thanks for sharing on this post.
@ynahh1 (454)
1 Sep 10
in my case when am stress i didn't eat much..i just prepared to sleep more than eating.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Thanks for dropping your lines in this post. I wish I could do it as easy as you. Thanks again.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
30 Aug 10
I smoke. And I wish I didn't. But I also don't want to start eating when I am stressed. I have cut down and somedays think I don't need any at all...in fact after supper I hardly smoke!
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Well, atleast you know how and what to control.Probably, we will be successful in trying to overcome this habit of overcoming our stress. Thanks.
@peyang55 (23)
• Philippines
30 Aug 10
YES! the worst part is i tend to eat the 'bad' foods -- chocolates, ice cream cakes & pastries (even if, normally, i am not much of a sweet tooth); or the other extreme -- salty junk food such as chips. it's funny because under normal conditions, i have very bland taste. :)) and yes again, i tend to get bigger during the times when my stress level is high. maybe it's because i have the tendency to be lethargic when i am stressed. i just want to stay in my corner and munch on anything edible i can get hold of, as long as it's not sour. never developed the taste for sour food.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
It's really funny, but you know that when you read or write stressed backward, you will get desserts...lol. Women usually fond of sweet, just be careful and better to divert into something more useful. Try to read some of responses I gathered here and for sure you can get a tip best for you. Happy mylotting. Thanks.
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
29 Aug 10
Unfortunately, I have the same problem. When I'm stressed or put into emotionally charged situations, I turn to food. Some people don't eat when they have problems but my reaction has always been to eat. What I've done lately is taken a cue from Oprah. I keep bags of washed lettuce and spinach and other veggies in the refridgerator and when I get into one of those places, I open up a bag. You don't have to eat a whole lot before you're full but it's impossible to have too many calories. Good luck
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Wow, that's one of a good idea. Instead of eating just anything, if we can't avoid it, turned into something which is more valuable, veggies is a good alternative. You're right, it's not important to eat a lot of it, having enough just to satisfy the habit. Thanks to Oprah and you for sharing such a nice idea. I will surely consider this.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
29 Aug 10
I actually have 2 things that I tend to do depending on the mood I am in, I think. I have always been an eater when I am stressed, much like you do and THAT can be stressful since I am already overweight AND a diabetic!! But I do tend to watch what it is that I DO eat more than I used to. I also find myself cleaning house when I am stressed, and I am NOT the best of housekeepers, so that could be a good thing!!
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
LOL, that's a good idea, though you're not best in housekeeping, that would be good for you. Two birds in one stone as the saying goes... you had diverted your focus instead of eating but rather into something useful for your body, exercising is also of significant to diabetic like you. My father is also a diabetic and advised to take food diet and instead take more exercise. Cleaning is a good exercise, aside from seeing your house being cleaned. Hope I could do that. Thanks to this response.
@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Aug 10
hi simple bb yes I do and thats really bad for me as I am a diabetic and stress and overeating just really shove my blood sugar up too. When I stress it seems like I crave food and I hate this as I am really overweight now and need to lose weight badly. more excercise and less food will be the next step for me.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Sad to hear that Hatley. Being a diabetic is an additional problem for you if you responds to stress the way I do. Gaining weight is really bad for health much more to someone like you. My father is also a diabetic and even harder to control him from eating. Hope you could alter to something better and would help you to protect from increasing your sugar level. Happy mylotting to you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post.
@tayd88 (205)
• Malaysia
29 Aug 10
hi, I usually don't eat much during stress,just mildly cos' it bothers me much.In order to de-stress ,i just try to avoid thinking about it for some time or think of some other positive things in mind.Though it just last a short time,it brings a certain level of relieves to me. I realized i tends to eat more when i get headaches such as migraine which i cannot explained.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Thanks tayd for sharing your thoughts on htis issue. Happy mylotting to you.
• India
29 Aug 10
Even I do not follow any eating pattern, nor any diet advices. Even I take the food served on the table. But the only difference between you and me is that, I feel like eating more when I am angry, and my anger soon gets vanished. And contradictingly, when I am tired or stressed I dont feel like eating more.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Well, that shows people differences. Especially in reacting to things. Thanks for your response to this post. Happy mylotting to you.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
I haven't noticed this happening to me. I think my body responds differently to stress. I have the tendency not to like eating when I have many things to do and when I am under a lot of pressure.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
yeah, we responds differently. Thanks for your shared thoughts. Happy mylotting.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
29 Aug 10
Hi Simple, I normally dont eat much when I am stressed.I eat well when I am happy and everything is going well in my life.If there is something wrong then I tend toi loose interest in food...However I have known many of my friends who also eat a lot when they are stressed, I guess we need to have an outlet for our emotions in some for or the other...have a nice day and happy mylotting
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Thanks Kiran for sharing your thoughts. That's only we can do, to wish to find an alternative that will be useful for us for we have different ways in dealing with things. Happy mylotting to you too.
• Australia
29 Aug 10
I am the complete opposite...when I am stressed, I tend not to eat at all...I don't know if that comes from when I was annorexic when I was a teenager or not but I guess I just lose my appetite when I have alot of things on my mind.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Perhaps it caused by the latter. We do have different ways reacting to circusmtances. Hope we could find ways fitted for us. Thanks for your response. Happy mylotting.
@derek_a (10902)
29 Aug 10
Yes, I would say that I do eat more, or at least want to eat more at times of stress. At times of shock, that is slighly different from day-to-day stress, I tend to go right off eating altogether and often go for one or two days without eating at all. _Derek
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Wow..reacting to situations really varies. Atleast you have a way to get even. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue. Happy mylotting..derek.
@sweety2006 (1414)
• United States
29 Aug 10
When I am stressed, I usually don't eat anything, because I don't like anything at that moment.
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
Thanks for posting your lines in this issue. Happy mylotting.
@deve_annrn (1857)
• Philippines
29 Aug 10
I eat a lot when I am stressed.., and I cannot deny it., I always give in to stress-induced cravings..=) That was the reason why I used to be overweight.., and the more I check my weight on the weighing scale.., the more stressed I get upon seeing my weight gain.., and the more I will crave for food.., and so on.., Thanks God.., I got control over it.., I could have became seriously obese..=)
@SimpleBB (1332)
• Philippines
8 Sep 10
good that you've been able to control it. Really overeating could harm our health, and yes, gaining weight is another stressor to crave more for food...just a cycle..lol. Wishing that we could alter it into something useful.Happy mylotting.