Monday, May 5, 2014

Nervous Eating -- Without Gaining Weight

This week, we had a labor intensive important project that had to get done in only 5 days! Well, that gets me anxious -- trying to hurry plus do quality work at the same time!!! And when I am anxious, I do nervous eating. In the past, I used to gain up to 15 pounds in a month from high stress projects at my office. My gut was indeed the stress-o-meter! Getting fatter during tough times and slimmer during better times.

However, a few years ago, I got exhausted of all this body flux. I have enough ups and downs in my life -- I do not need my weight to yo-yo on top of everything else.

This time, I knew I'd eat nervously, so I planned ahead for it. I bought 5 packs of assorted gum flavors, a bunch of 80 calorie yogurts, bananas, apples, cottage cheese, and stalks of celery (one for each day).  I ate like crazy each day, chewing gum and, at other times, munching down celery stick after celery stick.

This project got done late Sunday evening, and this morning on Monday-- I'm at a great weight! Nervous eating--it can be done without gaining weight. The willpower was not there when I was intensely focused on my work, but the right food was there.

So I did a fantastic project such that my client was so happy with that she gave me a huge hug, saying what a fantastic writer I am. :-)

I am proud of my work, and I am further very happy that I did not self-sacrifice my health or figure to get a quality project done.

What do *you* think? What do you eat when you are under deadline to not gain weight? And, of course, I'm interested in your ideas and experiences about this issue.

Have a Lovely Day!

:-) Marion

12 comments:

  1. Great post, Marion! I do the same thing. When I know things are going to be hectic and stressful, I prep a lot of easy and healthy foods that I can easily grab. Problems happen when there aren't any healthy options available...

    Congrats on doing a great job on the project and not gaining any weight in the process!!!

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    1. Hi Andrea, Thanks! If I did your weekly food prep, I'd probably do better all of the time. As it is, I currently have a large Tupperware of celery sticks in the fridge, which I ate periodically in the day, rather than eat higher calorie food. I like to munch and celery is good for that, with no consequences. :-)

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  2. Preparation is everything.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, Yes, the prep work made a huge difference. My husband asked if I wanted take-out, but I didn't because I had plenty of celery, gum, and yogurt in the office to last me a few extra days! So I never felt like I so hungry to resort to high calorie restaurant food. It worked great!!! :-)

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  3. Great for you, Marion! Way to work WITH yourself, instead of against yourself!

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    1. Hi Gwen, Yes, this was definitely not a time to try to coax willpower out of myself, any more than for my work. It was a good time to face that I am not a perfect person and that I still need vices, even if it is mostly just gum and celery. :-)

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  4. I'm one of those "freakish" people who does gain weight when eating too many veggies. Since menopause, my carb window is so, so tight. So I had to learn how to manage stress with 0 food and 0 gum. That being said, sometimes I soothe with black coffee! Oh well.

    Anyhoo, I have terrible memories of overeating baby carrots , celery, cherry tomatoes, beans- stuffing low or 0 point veggies without fat to try to fill myself. It was terrible on my GI system. Dietician Cassie (low carb dietician) taught me PFC- protein, fat, carbs from veggies- a balanced snack. If I'm hungry due to long hours or high activitiy, then I eat say a hard boiled egg, a small avocado slice and some bell pepper. Or some beef jerky and cherry tomatoes.

    That works with my hunger signals better than veggies alone. I know I'm probably in the minority, but important to do what works. Eating only to fuel was a critical step in my recovery. I had a snack habit that was not to fuel, but to soothe.
    If my Carb window was less narrow, I'd do what you do. Oh well! Live and learn. My GI system is happy, anyway. ;)

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    1. Hi Karen, Well, when I was on WW, I didn't lose any weight and I was hungry almost all of the time! Food choice is soooo important! I normally don't stuff myself with veggies or fruit either. There is a good rationale for not ever overeating. And I overeat less and less frequently. And I never eat birdbaths full of salad, like they have at some restaurants. Because a person can actually overeat salad in a way that is unclassy. However, these big very stressful projects, when I want candy, it's a pretty good sub to have a pound of celery in day! And no, I didn't have carrots or carb-filled veggies. Just plain celery to nervously chomp some anxiety away. And it wasn't classy, but it did the trick. :-)

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  5. I'm so glad you shared this, Marion. See... I used to run with a wt loss online crowd that was a little... well, for lack of a better word, judgmental at times. When I first started blogging, I used to plan similarly, and it seemed to work for me. But my then "friend" would slam it, saying I was still "using" food inappropriately. That I shouldn't plan that way, as if I was planning to overeat, and making excuses for it. Needless to say, you can look back over my stats and see my progress grind to a halt as I slowly tried to do things the way others thought were right, instead of what had been working for me. I thought they knew more than I did, were more mature, were more spiritual, yada yada yada.

    I've learned from YOU, my friend, that if you want to take advice, make sure it's from someone successful!! That's why I value things you share here, and appreciate the time you put into this blog.

    This really was an encouraging post... thank you!

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    1. Hi Loretta, What an interesting comment about the more mature, more spiritual, etc...bloggers. Are they really?!!! Certain people can talk the schmoosy talk so well, but do their actions reflect the talk? And *nobody* ever does well getting disparaged. And I wonder...were these "mature spiritual" people...um...quite overweight themselves, but filled with criticism and disdain only for you??? I bet that was the case. Yes. If their advice was so good, then they would use it themselves.

      I don't think we can totally change our personalities in order to lose weight. I truly despair during mid-project when I have heaps of ring binders of documents all over my desktop and floor. So to pretend that I'm going to somehow avoid something that has been happening for the past 17 years, well that's delusional. Did I eat misuse celery in a way that is inappropriate??? Definitely, and I chomped it too loudly. But who cares(!!!), right Loretta! :D

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  6. when I know I am going to have a problem with my food, I plan. I plan every small detail. I pack snack bags/boxes (usually 3-4 per day) and I drink lots of herbal tea, I buy different flavors so I don't get bored. My snack boxes are usually nuts, colorful fruits,sometimes yoghurt with seeds or I make protein pancakes (no flour ones)

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  7. Stress eating ... hate it as well but freakin well done for choosing low calorie foods for the stress munchies. You have come a long way and with blog posts like these, you inspire others as well to choose the low calorie foods for periods like these.

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