stress and eating cycle

By bluerose2 Latest Reply 2008-09-24 01:07:04 -0500
Started 2008-06-23 11:07:50 -0500

Hi. I am new to this group and was wondering how to get off the high stress/ eat/high number cycle !! Lots of things are going on at home and so the stress level is making me eat and then i have bad numbers and then I eat because I am depressed. Any help would be appreciated


Tags: weight loss

22 replies

Edie 2008-09-24 01:07:04 -0500 Report

Ok I have read all of the posts here and I agree that when stress it is best to have a snack already prepared. Yesterday I had my bag of popcorn ready but not into smaller bags got stressed out and ate the whole bag bymy self boy was I a bad a girl. today is a new day and a clean slate too so will start fresh today and see where it leads me to.
have to run and clean the bathroom in the backof the trailer and the Laundry hole by the back door. Gerry is scraping the ceilings to get ready to paint them now its my turn to clean the areas up behind him before painting so as not to have paint chips spread all over the place like I did yesterday on him. Will check back later.

Your friend EDIE MITCHELL IN Kokomo, In.

butterfly_8 2008-07-03 14:34:14 -0500 Report

I find that preparing healthy snacks in handy snack size packets works best especially veggies.However exercise and/or meditation is excellent for relieving stress.Yoga is the greatest.

carolmc - 17994
carolmc - 17994 2008-06-24 20:29:01 -0500 Report

I am so glad I am not alone, I fell off the right track with everything concerning my diabetes. When I was first diagnosed I was really good to my self.Now I really need help. I need dicipline to get back on my 30 carbs per meal and excersize. You all need to push me…Thanks…Carol

GabbyPA 2008-06-24 22:54:21 -0500 Report

Hi Carol,
I posted a discussion where everyone can share the disciplines they use to make our life easier. There is not a lot of feed back yet, but I hope that everyone will share what works for them. Maybe you can check it out and add what works for you and track it so you can see what works for others. I get off track too and it is a bummer, but I just see my next day as a clean slate to start again, mind games, I know. But I have a simple mind to trick. LOL

Wayne Glemser
Wayne Glemser 2008-06-24 08:53:06 -0500 Report

Hi everyone;
I new to the sight and I have read some of the discussions everyone is having. I have had type 2 diabetes for about 12 years. When I first got diabetes I had loss my eyesight for two months I was so scared of my sight not coming back that I followed a very strick diet. Now that the medication have given me false scence of secuity I have gained all my weight back plus some. I'm finding it very hard to eat the right things as I like to cook and being Italian Pasta and bread are food items that are very hard for me to give them up.I don't exercise and i know I need to do it . I just can't seem to get out of the rut that I'm in. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Dancehawk 2008-06-24 12:30:19 -0500 Report

Hi Wayne
welcome to the family,
Pasta yummm!
switch to whole wheat pasta, it is really good stuff!
if you make your own sauce try adding more veggies to it, if you use canned sauce read the labels get the lowest in sugar fats ect you can find.
Read what a serving is on the sauce, a lot of times it is 1/2 a cup.
so add it to the pasta after its cooked.
I use about 1/4 to 1/2 c wheat pasta. add my proteien to my sauce, then put a layer of cooked veggies over pasta then the meat sauce. and a sprinkle of cheese, weight watchers has the lowest numbers in cheese I found so far.
It is something you can do once or twice a week depends on what your eating, you can do pita bread pizza, theres so many very yummy dishs to do.
And you can have the garlic bread, just switch to whole wheat and a small portion.
You ll need to cut make on the pasta and add the bread but you can still have.
salads yummmy!
exercising, start out walking around the house hit every room do till you are out of breath a bit do this every day, then next week go out side, walk a block or what you can do and each week add 5 mins to the walk,Before you know it you ll be up to 1 mile a day.
add a few other things to your rutine.
with in a short time you will find you are craving that walk.
Theres so much help here on this site and if you have any questions, or just need a friend, add us to your friends list.
we are all here on the boat and theres plenty of oars giggles…


bluerose2 2008-06-24 14:10:43 -0500 Report


Welcome to the group. I am new here also and have found lots of great advice and encouragement. Wanted to let you know I understand about losing your eyesight - that is how I discovered I was diabetic after losing my sight. It is a scary thing and something you don't want to
have happen again to you. I see DanceHawk has some good suggestions, and there will be lots more i am sure. Set small goals for yourself and when you reach one, start a new one. Before you know it you will have the weight off and your diabetes will be back under control. Well, this is much easier to say to someone else, as you see by my posts i am struggling, as many others are. But we can encourage one another and give suggestions.
So go make some of those recipes DanceHawk wrote about …


JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-24 14:15:11 -0500 Report

When I was first told my sugars had gone high after a lifetime of low's my biggest fear was losing my sight. I used to picture myself with a seeing eye dog and a white cane and that image got me up on the treadmill instantly!! Now I work out 5 days a week for at least an hour and I love it. Start out slow and remember what it was like to lose your sight… that memory might trigger some incentive to get back on the right trail…

Good Luck and welcome
*Judy (JP)

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-04 06:03:50 -0500 Report

My nutritionist told me about "Volume Metrics" food plan. Basically the biggest portion on your plate is salad or veggies and the smallest portion is the carbs. This way you feel full AND get to eat what you like. She & my therapist have also taught me to recognize my degree of fullness from 1-10 and to stop in the middle of eating and access my fullness. A good way to deal with stressful eating is to first ask yourself am I really hungry for food or hungry emotionally. Like being sad or lonely. I wait 30 minutes and if I'm still hungry I eat. My favorite binge food was an entire box of powdered sugar donuts. My nutritionist suggested I just buy a small 6 pack and see if that helps. I no longer have cravings for the donuts and have not had one in over 3 years. Also, when you eat something that's not healthy for you, don't beat yourself up. Let it go and start back on your healthy eating plan. I lost 30 pounds last year and have kept it off for over 7 months. This is the longest time I have ever kept my weight stable.

GabbyPA 2008-06-24 05:48:53 -0500 Report

There are a lot of temptations out there to be sure. I am what I call a mindless eater. If I am in front of the TV that is the WORST place! I didn't even realize how bad it was until I started my food log. What an eye opener!
All of our sweets sit on my husband's desk, out of sight, out of mouth. I use low sodium sun fower seeds in the shells to keep me busy, but like others have said, the best thing is to keep busy and keep our minds off what is stressing us out. We just filed for bankruptsy, so I TOTALLY understand your stress and it is not good for anypart of you. We need to be strict on ourselves, but don't beat yourself up because that just takes you down a dark road that is harder to get off of. To combat that, I try to keep hummor close at hand and watch funny shows, read jokes or anything light hearted (No news when you are stressing! That leads to depressing)
The best thing that relieves my stress is accomplishing something. A poem, a drawing, finishing a book, waking an extra lap, doing something nice for a stranger. The worst thing is sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I am better than that, so are you. And when weakness tempts us...log on here and get lost in a conversation or two. I am so thankful for this site, becuase it gives me encouragement, enightenment and inspiration.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 07:10:47 -0500 Report


Thanks Gabby - all of what you said is true. Sometimes seeing it in writing helps ! Think this is one of the good things about this site. I am glad to have found it also and hope to be an encouragement to others also, not just one needing it !


GabbyPA 2008-06-24 08:44:03 -0500 Report

You are welcome anytime. Since I have joined the community, I kind of have a feeling of accountability now that helps me make better decisions. I still make lots of wrong choices, but at least I know I can change it next time. My numbers have been steadly dropping and friends are even saying I am loosing weight. I just focus on doing what is good for my diabetes, the rest will follow. I am glad you are here and look forward to many shared stories.

Dancehawk 2008-06-24 04:27:56 -0500 Report

get a few zip lock baggies, load them up with veggies, that crunch, you can eat and eat crunch and it really helps.
I also keep sugar free chocolate in the house to help too. plus walking, add a extra block or two till you can breath.
and let things go in the sense of the little things,
talking helps too.


Ginetteb 2008-06-24 05:03:55 -0500 Report

Sandra, the best way I know to keep those cravings away is to keep busy. I am also a compulsive eater. I eat when I'm happy, sad, depressed, bored, you name it, it's a good reason for me to eat. Usually I eat something that is sweet, or whatever I can grab quickly.
However, if I keep busy, like when I sew for example, I don't think of food. I also like to paint, heck, when I paint, I can't even remember to eat. I also do some stamping and I love to do that too.
So, my solution is to find a hobby to keep my mind off food. It is also a great source of stress relief. I would walk if my back would permit, but becasue of lombar stenosis I can't, or at least not very far. Even if you work outside the home, when you do come home, release all your stress through a hobby, it works.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 05:47:27 -0500 Report

Ginnetteb -

Whoops - hit the reply button too soon ! Cravings are very difficult for me to stop. I have been home on medical leave so have too much free time - i need to get into some hobbies again - inexpensive ones as finances are not so good now.
Thanks for your suggestions - I can dig through some of my"put away hobbies for later" and see what I can find.

Ani 2008-09-18 08:51:27 -0500 Report

I agree with you I have a few hobbies that when Iam so caught up in them I forget to eat. I love to read so the saying "I rather read than eat", applies to me so well. So yes it is good to have a hobbie to keep bussy.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 05:42:50 -0500 Report

sounds like a plan with the zip bags - preplanning is always better than spontaneous snacks ! Out to the Dollar Tree to get ziplock bags ! And the good thing about that is i can walk to our Dollar Tree - so will get some exercise at the same time.

Donna Mellow
Donna Mellow 2008-06-23 15:43:27 -0500 Report

Boy, can I relate!! I am in the process of purchasing a home. Talk about stress!! I know how you feel. For me, it's not that i'm hungry, I just NEED something. I have learned {the hard way} to keep snack bags around. When I an stressed, and I am often, it doesn't matter what I have. I keep baggies of cucumber, celery, mini rice cakes, stuff like that. It works better for me to see it already prepared and grab it than to look around and see what else I could find that may not be a good choice. In my house with my 4 teen aged boys, It's not a good idea for me to go looking lol. I prepare my little snacks every few days.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 01:25:29 -0500 Report

Thanks Donna. I know having prepared snacks are good idea, especially being diabetic . I started this morning to make a list of the "good foods" to buy at the store tomorrow. My husband is just going to have to learn to eat healthy along with me !! WoW tp the 4 teenage boys ! I have 2 boys, but they are grown and out on their own - but I can remember when …