Stress Eating — Revisited

September 21, 2012

I’ve been accused of being able to distance myself from things happening to try to be objective, it is how I control my emotions in rather tense situations and remain calm. This doesn’t mean that I don’t get nervous, I’m usually pretty much a big ball of nervous energy, I just try not to show it much. The method I use isn’t magic or anything all that special, I just meditate regularly and this kinda allows you some distance between how you feel and how you react to those feelings, that simple. A friend mine once said (in more colorful language than I will use in this paraphrase) that “meditation provides you the seconds you need to not be a jerk in any situation.” I agree wholeheartedly with that so I recommend meditation heavily if you are an anxious eater which I never was but here is why I say that.

During my “week from hell” last week when I was really having some stress eating issues, I was able to look at my behavior objectively to kinda figure out why I wanted to eat a chocolate bar or those chips and really the reason was simple, I had access. I wasn’t particularly hungry but I wanted to do some mindless, easy activity to take my mind off my problems, in this case that was eating. It was easy because we had the stuff, chocolate from my wife’s s’mores addiction and chips from when we had some visitors in from out-of-town a few weeks back. Had I not access to the bad stuff I doubt my first inclination would’ve been to eat, now obviously I don’t know that with 100 percent certainty because I don’t have a time machine to test that theory, yet.

If it ever happens again and I’m pretty sure it almost certainly will as next week promises to be just as stressful, I’m going to try to figure out some other mindless activity to take my mind off of things. Perhaps I will learn how to yo-yo or something equally mind-numbing. I guess the bigger point is, if you’re stressed out and eat a lot when you are, try to figure out the real reason you’re eating and then try to alter that behavior. I know, I know, easier said than done but isn’t worth a show to gain some control back over food? Really I think you could probably apply this to any behavior you don’t like about yourself and think you can’t control. I’m off now to apply this to working out…I really hate working out.


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