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8/6/18 1:40 P

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5 meals a day (fruits, salads, dairy) regular pores. You get used to the body and you will not have any trouble

" Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.'


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7/5/18 1:04 P

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right now I'm having problems with anxiety. This leads to a feeling of agitation, or "what am I going to do with myself", which leads to wandering the kitchen, sampling, feeling like if I could just eat the right thing, I'd settle down. NOT. I know what to do, I just have to catch myself when I feel that way and find something concrete I can do, like a craft, or cleaning, etc. Catching myself is the key.

"If you wanna be somebody else, if you're tired of fightin' battles with yourself, if you wanna be somebody else, Change Your Mind." Sister Hazel, from "The Fortress" CD.

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6/30/18 9:12 P

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I'm assuming you work in the medical field. Try finding a team that deals with you occupation. They should be able to help.

Also, make things on your off days that you can freeze or keep in the frig.

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6/24/18 6:06 P

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I find other activities to do during stress

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6/24/18 12:49 A

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I plan my menu/meals in advance and fill in my nutrition tracker. I check it daily to see what each day's menu is. This helps keep my focus. For a quick meal I love eggs. Scrambled with a bit of cheese and a some frozen spinach in a steam bag that I cook in the microwave is a good base to start with.
You can cook extra rice, quinoa or lentils and use it to plan as part of a meal. Also, any of those with some diced tomatoes and canned and rinsed beans can be thrown together with spices you like as well as extra veggies for a quick meal. Again, make extra for another quick meal.
It's easy to make a quick pot of soup. You can use a can of crushed tomatoes as a base and add at least an equal amount of water. A bag of frozen mixed veggies, or chopped kale, spinach or both along with lentils or beans and spices to taste makes several healthy servings. You can heat up a cup of it to tame your appetite while you make your dinner or use it as a snack.

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6/16/18 11:00 P

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Consistency is key. Eat those 3 meals and 2 snacks, exercise, and drink water. This won't leave many options for binging and stress eating.



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6/11/18 11:58 A

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These are all awesome suggestions ...

I know my trigger foods, and my trigger life ... If I'm stressed, I will look for food .. any food .. but if I find other ways to work off my stress I will .. I've found just getting outside and walking around the outside of our building (smaller building in rural area) .. it helps with my need to snack .. I'm also out of the mainstream (desk), as I'm retiring in 3 weeks .. I've learned that "seeing" someone else munch .. I want to munch whether I'm hungry or not .. I don't see that anymore where my "out the door" desk is situated, and I have much more control over it ..

Per stress .. I've worked for 40 plus years at a small company wearing 5-6 hats (depending on the day), plus I worked for 13 years supervising, and organizing a public program for the dog training club I volunteered for 52 weeks a year, I volunteer for a community organization, busy during the summers ... so time pressure is my forte ..

My goto's were to cook on the weekends .. simple but hearty things like chicken breasts, soups, chilis .. plus an apple, orange, or veggies .. and wrap them up in "grab and go" bags .. Cans of tuna have worked wonders (now they have the flavored tuna in bags) with a tortilla, and some veggies .. Veggie salads, with the chicken breast cut up .. and some cheese .. even add apples ... makes for a wonderful salad ..

snacks consist of simple lunch meat of choice, and crackers and cheese, yogurt with granola ..

I've learned now that I'm weeding down my "activities" .. that the body doesn't need as much food as I've always thought ..

There are some wonderful suggestions here .. I tend not to go with the 3 meals a day .. because then I'm eating by the clock .. and my brain goes "need food .. don't care if you're not hungry ... clock says I need food" .. so me personally .. I can't do that anymore .. when I'm hungry .. I have something small, and I can keep it small .. :)

I agree with the journaling .. that makes me "think" whether its really what I want ..

Good luck on your challenges ..

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6/3/18 7:44 A

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3 balances meals and small in-between healthy snacks helps.

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6/3/18 3:13 A

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Fast and easy:

fresh fruit
pre washed bagged veggies
steam bag veggies
foil packets salmon or tuna
precooked frozen fish, shrimp, chicken
eggs: hard boiled, scrambled, fried

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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6/2/18 4:19 P

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Eat 3 regular meals for the day....have a light healthy snack in between.

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5/31/18 10:29 A

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This is a daily struggle for me. Continue to work on it

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5/30/18 10:38 A

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I try to stick to regularly scheduled meals and snacks.



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5/26/18 7:26 P

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Good suggestions.



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5/26/18 7:24 P

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Eat 3 regulars meals and 2 snacks at the same times each day and log your meals. This is more manageable to prevent stress eating.



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5/26/18 2:14 A

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Good advice here.

I'd just add to log or track your meals as well as your moods during the day. Some smartphone apps will allow you to track both, or you can keep a small notebook to write it down. Also, meal planning is an important part of dieting. You can also try "meal prep" and reddit has a "Meal Prep Sunday" forum for this.

Cute doggies, btw! Hope they help you with your stress!

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5/25/18 1:56 P

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schedule meal time

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5/22/18 11:32 A

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First, it doesn't take much time to cut up fruit and eat it. If you don't have time to cook veggies then you can have green smoothies, but honestly you need to make time for yourself. Healthy eating is important.

You mention good and bad and some people tend to shy away from that. My questions to you are; how long have you been working towards eating healthier? What do you consider bad? And what changes are you willing to make?

Personally I do believe there are bad foods, but my bad foods may not be someone elses. Someone may not be able to consume peanuts or shellfish. I do not consume foods with HFCS.

If you have trigger foods then it would be best to keep them out of the house. Create good habits a little at a time. Do not aim for perfection but replace bad habit with good habit and repeat. I hope this helps.



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5/20/18 5:45 P

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Ditch the guilt and the good and the bad. That is like focusing on slashing your good tires if you get a flat.

Instead look at the why. Whatever tipped you over is what you need to work on. Overly reliant on fast food? Find better options where you are already going. Also consider the grocery store as an alternative source that is a little more calorie and tie friendly. Need quicker cook times? Look for new recipes or look to what you can cook in advance and reheat the day of. I love making rice in bulk for a few days. That means not waiting forty minutes for rice to cook when I need it. One of my favorite lasagna fillings is butternut squash and mushroom. So I cook up the onions, squash and shrooms and freeze them in portions so what I just have to do is heat them with the pasta. Knowing what takes the longest and preparing the longest cooking thing in advance makes dinner faster. Making quiche means having an easy, grab and go meal base for days.

Address the stress eating on its own. You may need to aim for a slower loss in the short term while you work on resolutions for this.

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5/20/18 11:49 A

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Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.



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What I used to do when I was working loads of hours, and then volunteering as a First Responder in some of my non-work time, was to bulk cook and then freeze for the times when I was too busy. I still do this even tho' I no longer work and now live by myself. At the moment I have over 30 of a variety of meals in my freezer. When meat is on a real good special I take advantage of it. It's really good bulk cooking in more ways too because it saves a lot of clean-up time.

When you work a double shift, take a frozen meal from your freezer and reheat it at work. Have some smaller portions of something in your freezer ready for a quick zap when you get home.

I have never really been one to eat junk. As an example, last week I had my first take-out since February last year, altho' I have eaten lunch out a handful of times in that period, but only because my sister and I had met up and we don't often see each other.

Most things will happily freeze .... cooked rice/pasta; home-made healthy version pizza; soups; casseroles; roasts; and even some sandwiches. I often make roast lamb sandwiches (with thick mint sauce and a little tasty cheddar) or roast beef w/horseradish sauce. They are good for lunch, especially when adding a piece of fruit, or with soup.

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5/19/18 10:49 P

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Need some help. I’m having issues with finding ways to plan my food and to eat right during the week. Today while at work I planned on not eating anything bad. But I gave into temptation today and I ate bad big time. Starting tomorrow and this week I plan on doing better.

My questions are the following. Please share your thoughts and suggestions so I can better myself.

1. When I work a double shift at work what are some things I can eat after my double shift for dinner that won’t mess me up due to stress eating.

2. What are some ideas that I can make food wise that are super quick I don’t have time to cook from scratch due to my busy schedule. Although I will try to make time to due so.



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