WIAW – Boredom/Stress Eating

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It’s been an interesting transition into the working world.  The internship I just started is a full-day desk job, that involves sitting in front of a computer all day.  So far, I just can’t say I’m loving it – it’s boring, but at the same time stressful, and I’m not getting paid.  But I’m trying to keep my hopes up.  Send me some motivation? I’ll love you forever! (ps – if you’re reading this blog, I already do love you forever)

Back on topic- What I Ate.

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Return of the mug-bowl!  Fruit, yogurt, cinnamon, almond butter.  Ate too fast, didn’t give myself enough time to get to work.

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The fact that my internship is less than a block away from whole foods is dangerous.  Drained from my first day, I couldn’t be bothered to make lunch.  I’m promising myself this won’t happen often, or my wallet will hate me.  But it was certainly delicious.

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snacks – another couple of things grabbed at WF.  That’s another thing about when I’m bored or stressed – I have a really hard time knowing if I’m truly hungry or not.  In that case I try to drink a tall glass of water and keep busy, but today I couldn’t shake it.  So I snacked, and told myself I was okay with it.

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Trader Joe’s Go Raw trek mix.  After walking 30 minutes back to my place from TJ’s, I dug in. It was 6:30pm. oops.

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I figured I should make a “real” dinner.  Basics – eggs & salsa, toast, sautéed bok choy (ate half of it before photographing).

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Then this happened.  And I’m not sorry – it was delicious.  But I’m promising myself tomorrow will be better – I will take control of my boredom/stress and channel that energy into something other than food.

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Still feeling “hungry” (or was I…), I munched on some edamame.  Love this stuff.

Do you eat out of boredom/stress?

How do you deal with faux hunger signals?

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8 thoughts on “WIAW – Boredom/Stress Eating

  1. Liz

    I definitly eat when I’m bored, but when I’m stressed I think I lose my appetite. I’m so jealous you work near a whole foods! I think if I did I would be broke after a while too, lol. All your food looks so good!
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  2. KaraHadley

    I had a full-day, desk internship not too long ago and the first few days were kind of torturous. I was bored. I was “hungry.” I didn’t really know what to do. I felt like my boss was constantly watching me. It was bad. But then after a little bit of adjustment, it all went really well. And I figured out how not to eat from boredom.
    One thing that really helped was that I worked through my lunch break and then walked the long way to a coffee shop every afternoon. It broke up that 2:00/3:00 slump without me stuffing my face. And then once a week I’d allow myself a splurge — lunch out, a bar/muffin in the afternoon. Honestly, playing those little games with myself was the only way I stayed sane in an office.
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thank you for the advice, Kara – I really do appreciate it! I’m going to try out your strategy and see how I feel. I’m hopeful :-)


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