Weight Loss Support - What do you guys do to calm stress without food?

02-04-2008, 09:19 PM
I'm just looking for some ideas. Since I've stopped binge eating, I've been feeling alot of intense anxiety (I haven't been getting cravings to binge so I guess it's a good thing). The only thing I've been doing thats sort of worked is taking long hot showers. Anyone have some suggestions to entertain yourself/calm yourself without food?

02-04-2008, 09:32 PM
I am a BIG stress eater and am constantly trying to deal with this (I've been feeling a lot of stress lately!)

- EXERCISE! Helps reduce my stress! Keeps me out of the kitchen (or my desk drawer at work with my snacks) AND burns calories. Take a walk somewhere!

- I sometimes get myself a big mug of tea. Good flavor and keeps my mouth busy.

- Talk to myself. Try to figure out what's making me feel the stress and see if there's another way to reduce it.

- If I do feel I need to munch, I try to munch on lots of raw veggies. I now bring a big bag of veggies to work for just such an occasion.

These techniques aren't always successful. Sometimes I just do stress eat. In that case, I need to forgive myself, move past it, and get back on plan as quickly as possible.

02-04-2008, 09:39 PM
I drink tea, or read a book, or play a game online. Fancy tea has become my new addiction. I've got oodles of containers of nifty loose leaf tea so I don't get bored.

02-04-2008, 09:46 PM
i exercise, take the dog for a walk, or ride my horse

Also, for indoors, i like giving myself a mini facial. I have an awesome 10 min facial i got from orgins that is refreshing and relaxing. I also like to pain my toe nails for relaxation. I think the methodical mindless strokes of painting the nails is very relaxin. I also enjoy surfing the internet, unlike a lot of people, when i'm on the internet, i get lost and don't crave food.

02-04-2008, 09:54 PM
I'm in the camp who likes exercise for this purpose. Going for a walk, maybe doing a light lifting sequence with hand weights, doing some yoga, going to the fitness center and using the aerobic machines... Also, meditation is helpful for calming the mind.

Getting away from what I'm doing and having some tea (preferably decaf!) also helps. Playing with my cat is good, too. Gets my mind off of me, and the cat is happy.

Sometimes chewing a gum like Trident helps, too.


02-04-2008, 10:15 PM
Similar list to those above:
yoga, meditation, exercise - of ANY type, audio books, classical music, tea, breathing exercises, sudoku, I love nature photography - so just reviewing some of my pictures really calms me and reminds me that the world is bigger than my little problems. If God can create the beauty around us, I CAN keep from eating when I am stressed.

02-04-2008, 11:20 PM
My top 5 are:

a good, escapist novel
hot bubble baths
going for a drive to nowhere
singing at the top of my lungs!

02-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Besides what has already been mentioned? Watching funny movies or good things on TV like CSI or Law & Order usually gets me smiling. Good Will shopping is another good one... I rarely have money to burn on new clothes, but I'm always surprised at how much awesome stuff I find at the thrift store. I also listen to music while stressed. Angry punk music usually does the trick for me :D I recently bought a punching bag, which has also proved to be INCREDIBLY liberating. I thoroughly enjoy punching and kicking the crap out of it and often feel MUCH better after I'm done.

02-05-2008, 12:46 AM
I chew gum! It also helps prevent me from biting my nails. Double duty!! :D

02-05-2008, 12:52 AM
I knit to get rid of stress. I know it's not very active but I won't eat because sticky, crummy hands and yarn don't mix so good.

M a g g i e
02-05-2008, 01:13 AM
take a nap! haha! or just stretch out on the bed and relax for a few minutes when i don't have time for a nap

02-05-2008, 01:26 AM
meditate (free ones on itunes podcasts), listen to relaxing music, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique - google Gary Craig for free info), sew, take a bath

02-05-2008, 04:34 AM
thanks guys, these are some great new ideas I'm going to use your suggestions, make a list and put it on the wall in my room so that when I am feeling stressed I'll have a list of suggestions waiting for me.

could the people who suggested tea possibly suggest a few brand names and flavors. I am not a tea drinker (but want to try it) and don't know a whole lot about the stuff.

02-05-2008, 01:15 PM
Sometimes I can distract myself with housework or going outside and playing with my dogs. If I'm really stressed the only thing that helps is going to the gym and working out. It gets me out of the house as well. Then, on the way home I treat myself to a Starbucks Iced Green Tea with no sweetener. This is a way to pamper myself with Starbucks and at the same time have 0 calories. It satisfies that feeling of having something in my mouth, and I love the taste, so I can totally indulge without guilt. Hope this helps!:)

02-05-2008, 01:18 PM
scrapbooking, chewing gum, and drinking lots of water.

02-05-2008, 01:22 PM
I agree with the exercise, what also works for me is to just sit on the floor and stretch my body a little for about 5 minutes. Loosens up all the muscles. I don't stretch too much, I don't want to tear up cold muscles. But I like to just stretch like you would when you wake up in the morning and that sort of thing.

02-05-2008, 01:38 PM
I like to have a hot bubbly bath and just lay there and boil slowly lol or I boogie to a few favourite tunes on my Ipod. :carrot:
Both tend to ease away tensions.

Boo x

02-05-2008, 02:01 PM
could the people who suggested tea possibly suggest a few brand names and flavors. I am not a tea drinker (but want to try it) and don't know a whole lot about the stuff.

I LOVE Fortune's tea... I have a hard time finding it, though.. Their web site is fortunescoffee.com but I have never ordered from online. There is a Mennonite's store near my Grandmother's house in PA and they often carry it - SO I buy it while I am visiting.
But I also love Tazo tea - the brand that Starbucks sells.
Celestial Seasonings has some great flavors during the Christmas holiday season.

02-05-2008, 02:03 PM
Oh and I forget the most helpful one taking a power nap. I put my phone alarm on and have a lay down. Whether I just chill for ten minutes of have a thirty minute cat nap, I always feel more refreshed. Zzzzzzz

Boo x

02-05-2008, 02:29 PM
I enjoy esoteric things like Reiki or self hypnosis. And, you can never go wrong with deep breathing. :)

02-06-2008, 07:30 PM
hey guys,
was taking all of your suggestions into consideration and then saw Oprah yesterday...basically an episode about things to do to keep your body from aging. Suggestions included antioxidants (green and white tea) and a list of vitamins to take. They also said that antioxidants relieve stress. I went out and bought the stuff and found that I really like white tea. For the past 2 days I've been guzzling tea, taking vitamins, and eating dark chocolate (which is also loaded with antioxidants). I can't tell if its making a diffrence or not yet, but I'm going to keep it up for the next two weeks and see how it goes. It's kind of a diffrent (but fun) approach to a diet change to focus on anxiety/stress/general feelings/overall health than pounds on the scale.

02-06-2008, 07:31 PM
Believe it or not, I knit and listen to talk radio or a book on cd. I am 29 years old and love to knit ;) It keeps my hands busy and my ears/brain focused on something other than food. If that doesn't work, I leave the house and just go for a walk :)

02-07-2008, 12:25 AM
Get a Wii. I play DH in the Wii Sports boxing game. It's a pretty good workout and we're both laughing by the end...