Yesterday started out as a really nice day. I was up early felt great and spent the day at my sisters. Unfortunately I forgot to have my just potty trained two year old go to the bathroom before our hour drive home. I'm sure you know what is coming next. It went from her peeing in the car seat to peeing on the bathroom floor and then while I was cleaning up the mess I put her in her crib. What did she do? She peed in her crib!
It just went downhill from there. My five year old's fish died and she was so upset because she got it at her 4th Birthday party almost 2 years ago. Then my dog ran into the gate as I opened it and caught my food underneath. Leaving me with a sore foot and a nice little bruise. Oh yeah, It gets worse. My 2 pound puppy somehow got one of her back claws caught in between the metal ring hanging from her collar. It took me about 1o minutes to get it out. She was in horrible pain and I just wanted to cry.
I then had about 10 minutes to feed my kids spaghetti for dinner before going to a friends house and watching her kids. My girls of course didn't like it and wouldn't touch it. I gave them peanut butter sandwiches and made them eat in the car on the way.
At this point I was ready to have a nervous breakdown. How can all of these things happen in less then 2 hours? I'm not made to handle this type of stress and my hormones are going crazy. I seriously just wanted to lay on the floor and cry and have a nice little pity party.
What did I do instead? I grabbed a container of Carmel waffle cone ice cream out of the freezer and finished it off. I think it was half full when I started. Did it make me feel better? Of course not. I don't know why I thought binging was the answer.
Even 50 pounds lighter I still have my emotional breakdowns where I go to food. It definitely happens less often but I can't say that it is gone completely. I hate that I still do this and I always feel so horrible once I am done.
I can tell you one thing that has helped me stop "Stress Binging", as often, is to not have the unhealthy food in the house. Usually, my house does not have any junk food in it. The worst thing I can binge on normally is Pirate's Booty or Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding w/ Peanut butter. When I feel that need to "stress eat" I normally grab my pudding and peanut butter and enjoy. If I really need to I will eat two of them. It really works for me.
The only time this fails is when I have something more fattening in the house. My husband buys me whatever I ask for when he goes to the grocery store for me. Last week I asked him for ice cream. Not the healthy kind. I told him I wanted something with nuts and marshmallow and all the good stuff. He came home with Breyer's Reese's peanut butter cup, chocolate chip cookie dough, Carmel waffle cone and Oreo. They were on sale. How do I resist that. The worst part is that the Oreo one is still in my freezer just calling my name. I need to stop asking him to get me stuff like that when I am stressed. It's not his fault. He is just being sweet.
Do you binge when you are stressed?
How do you try to control it?
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