The Stress Factor Diet

Although it’s been quite a few years since I had issues with my weight, I will always recall the difficulty involved in losing weight and keeping it off.  Shortly after giving birth I found myself with about 60 pounds to lose, which I managed to do without the assistance of weight loss pills or fad diets of anykind.  Thanks to a combination of youth, being a nursing mother, and having a 15 pound baby to tote around, I dropped the first 40 pretty effortlessly.

The last 20 pounds disappeared as a result of one my most reliable diet methods.  No, and I haven’t discovered the best weight loss pills in existence.  My diet secret is quite simple.

Stress.

I lost 10 pounds during my parents (horrifying) divorce.

I lost another 10 pounds when I was helping nurse my grandmother during her final illness.

Unlike many people, when I’m emotionally stressed I cannot eat. Literally -the food just simply sticks in my throat.  There’s usually one or two foods I can choke down, so I rely on them as my steady diet until the stress period is over. When my grandmother was ill, my meal of choice was scrambled eggs. I ate so many eggs during that six month period that my cholesterol level still hasn’t recovered – and that was 20 years ago.

During my parents divorce, the only food I could stomach was tuna fish sandwiches.  It’s a tad bit healthier, as long as you don’t go for the Subway version, which I love, but which has about 60 grams of fat.

I’ve dropped about 10 pounds over the past year, when I’ve been exercising regularly and following my husband’s metabolic syndrome eating plan.  Again, no weight loss pills of any kind. However, the majority of that 10 pounds came off during the past three months when I was so stressed out at work and trying to make a decision about my future.

This time my staple food has been spinach and feta cheese omelets -but accompanied by an oat bran muffin to help keep the cholesterol in check.

I won’t say it’s the most pleasant diet in the world, but the stress factor diet works every time.

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5 thoughts on “The Stress Factor Diet

  1. Am I seeing double? 🙂

    I gain weight during stressful times. I gained a lot when I was caring for Dad. It’s a comfort thing.

    The last couple of weeks have been very stressful, and this is the first time in my life when I didn’t use food for comfort. It surprised me. I didn’t have the urge. I believe I’ve turned the corner on this.

    Congratulations on your recent weight loss. Feels good, doesn’t it?

    • It does – I love putting on clothes that were too tight last summer and now fit perfectly 🙂 I just have to KEEP it off, now that I’m not working, and hopefully not so stressed 🙂

      Bella, I hope your stressful situation works out…sending good thoughts your way.

  2. Stress can definitely affect us in so many negative ways…losing weight because of it is definitely not what we want. Glad you had some good results as far as the outcome of losing weight, but, glad that the stress is mostly gone now that you aren’t working at the old job.

    Now you have a little time, between preparing for the blessed event in November, to enjoy a little workout or a nice walk to help keep the pounds off. Again, best of luck in this new portion of your life, it must be very freeing in many ways. Have fun with it.

    • Thanks, Lou! I love walking, and do it regularly. It’s great not only for keeping the weight down, but I find it’s a real stress reliever too, so there are double benefits! Plus, I get some good writing ideas while I’m walking – the trick is being able to remember them until I get home! I try to carry a little pad of paper with me, but don’t always remember that either 🙂

  3. I lost 5 kilo this winter because of stress. Me too I cannot eat when stressed and additionally I tend to start choking/vomiting if it gets too accute.

    Something I always to manage to get in is potato chips…so I eat them without guilt

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