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Old 04-02-2003, 10:22 AM   #1  
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Unhappy Nervous eating

I've just got to know if anyone else has the problem of eating when they start to feel nervous or anxious about something?

I didn't think that I was nervous about anything, but the uncontrollable eating was because I made a cursed gooey butter cake, and just can't resist it. However, when I was laying in bed last night not sleeping for the fourth night in a row, I realized that I haven't been preparing properly for the state teacher certification test that I have on Saturday (the one that cost me $350 dollars, and if I don't pass have to pay for again, so I can't bomb ). Now that I think about it, I think that this has been the root of my problem. I think that the nerves are really getting to me, but I just haven't been admitting it.

I really just wanted to see if I am alone in the problem of stress eating, without realizing I am being stressed.
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:30 PM   #2  
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Hi Denise!

You are definitly not alone with the stress eating.

Sometimes, I want to munch so bad, it is almost like what I would imagine wanting a fix of drugs is like. I am all nerved up and anxious until I munch then it is better. I am trying to find some other way to deal with these anxious times.

Good luck with your test on Saturday. Hang in there!!

Take care ~ glynne (Gayle)
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:42 PM   #3  
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I totally understand.. can totally sympathize!! I eat when i'm nervous, depressed, sad, happy.. You name it.. Its a reason to eat...

I snack especially when i'm nervous. Its like the crunching sound gives me something to focus on besides whatever i'm worry about...

Good luck on your test!
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Food is my answer for every emotion Denise.. so hang in there.. try reaching for good choices like carrots and other veggies.. and GOOD LUCK ON YOUR TEST!
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Old 04-02-2003, 02:35 PM   #5  
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I am the Queen of Nerves. Everything makes me anxious and food is my comfort. Since I started taking anxiety medication I've been doing a little better, but anytime something bothers me even if I don't know exactly what it is I can't sleep and I eat. You'll do fine on your test but I know this won't calm you down Just try to not cave in and have the junk food and you'll make it through this.
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Old 04-02-2003, 05:13 PM   #6  
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When I'm nervous, everything goes in my mouth, my fingernails, food, I even used to chew my hair as a kid! I'm a classic freudian "oral" person.

Hardly anything seems to help either! I mean, I've tried bubble baths and music, candles, soothing tunes. NADA! Still chewing off my nails!

Only two things that really get it out of my system:
-A good hard sweat! After the elliptical machine, everything seems a lot better.
-A visit to the ocean. For me, the ocean signifies that life goes on no matter what. And my problems aren't as big as the ocean. The ocean doesn't care that I paid my cable bill a month late. The ocean doesn't care that I can't remember philosophy definitions.

I hope that helps!
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when i get nervous or stesses, i chew off my fingernails.. and when they're gone i eat everything in sight!
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I know what you mean, I never even realize that I'm stressed until the anxiety attacks start and I have to stop and think about what I'm stressed out about. I found that for me, cutting out the caffeine made a huge difference and also helped me to eat less and sleep better. Of course with a big test coming up, it probably wouldn't be the best time to try something like that.

Good luck on your test!! I'm sure you'll do great!
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OMG, I am at a point now where I want to stress eat so bad!! I have had about 3 cheeze its, and I swithced to pickles. I just want to eat the whole box of cheeze its!!! My car is now fixed but going to cost me $500.00 more then I figgured. It sucks, I need the car but don't have the money.

But the good thing is I can just ask for help, being that my husband is gone, the gov. will help me. I just have to work up the nerve to call them. I just hate to ask anyone for anything!

Now to end my rant, I know what your feeling!

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You are definitely not alone in this! I do crave junk food when I'm stressed or anxious, and usually I don't even realize that I am stressed out until I start eating. Then, a box of crackers later, it dawns on me.

But then again, I think I turn to food no matter what emotion is going on. . .sometimes I just want the taste of a food even if I'm completely happy.

Best wishes on the test ~ you'll do great!

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Old 04-03-2003, 02:21 PM   #11  
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Thank you all, it is good to know I'm not alone.

Jessica, after my recent trip to So. Cal. I can see how the ocean helps you out!!!! I just wish I lived closer, and not in the middle of the darned desert. I get your point, though, and think that my garden may be my bit of relief.
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