Thursday, June 22, 2006

I Need Comfort Food, I'm STRESSED!!!

Yeah, so what, I'm stressed. What's YOUR problem, fish breath?

Stress REALLY sucks, doesn't it? Today has been one of those days that I wish I had never gotten out of bed. Actually, this whole week has been just a wee bit on the stressful side and it all came to a head today.

Here's some of what I'm dealing with:

- We have three people out at my job this week which has put the added pressure on the rest of us to take up the slack in their absence. This is on top of our move to a new floor late last week and losing our manager three weeks ago. The workload is up, the workers are down, and the STRESS has been in full supply this week. AAAAACK!

- My beloved wife Christine had her long-awaited gall bladder surgery on Wednesday morning and is now home recovering. Her mother (my mother-in-law--need I say more? LOL!) is here to be with her during her recovery. While I am glad she had the gall bladder removed and hopefully it will take care of her problem, it has still been quite taxing on the nerves. EEEEK!

- I met up with Hannah Sutter and Kevin Dorren from the GoLower company this evening as they were driving through Spartanburg, South Carolina to see me. I tried to do an audioblog with them, but it didn't work. Then, on the way home from eating dinner with them, I was turning at a red light and hit a 70-year old man driving a motorcycle. While the impact was only about 10 mph, it freaked me out seeing him fall off the bike. Thank you Jesus he is doing fine and was not seriously hurt, but the STRESSSSSSSS of all this was a bit much for me.

CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY!!! I need comfort food, I'm STRESSED!!!

Can I get a witness anyone? I'm sure my silly little stories of being stressed pale in comparison to others of you who have even worse stresses than me. But all that stress can take its toll on the body by causing a decline in your health and an increase in your weight.


Well, the stress you take on lowers your immune system and makes you susceptible to contracting diseases. It can impair your senses and cause you to react in ways you may not normally do. I not be so sure this one about be dee be dee be dee. :O

My shoulders have already tightened up so much it makes me want to go work it all off at the gym, which is a pretty good idea for relieving stress by the way. Perhaps a few hours on the elliptical this weekend would be good for me. And I know my recent weight loss efforts to get those few extra pounds off are going to be effected.

Then there's the dreaded emotional eating we turn to in order to feel better. Aw, you know you've done it. Life deals you some blows and you reach for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with Hershey's syrup, candied pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top. After all, stressed spelled backwards is DESSERTS, so don't lie, you KNOW you've done it and so have the past.

While I did admittedly have a bowl of low-carb ice cream with whipped cream on top when I got home from the car accident to "feel better," I was going to eat it anyway since I did not have any dessert at supper. But it sure was gratifying to grab a healthier comfort food in my time of stress than to reach for the high-sugar, high-carb options most people choose.

Let this be a word to the wise: Just because you are stressed doesn't mean your low-carb commitment should be a mess. I have confessed my stress to you and shown you it IS possible to stick with livin' la vida low-carb in the midst of it.

YOU CAN DO IT, too! Comfort food doesn't have to be carb-y food, so make up your mind before the stress comes that you will be good on your low-carb plan (and the stress WILL come!).

Make your promise -- cross your heart and swear to die, stick a finger in your eye! :D Okay, now you're good to go.


6-23-06 UPDATE: Oh, this was PERFECT timing to illustrate my point. My fellow blogger Connie Bennett from the SUGAR SHOCK! blog wrote about the STRESS she has been dealing with lately and how it has led to her weight gain. Send her some encouragement to get through this time because SHE CAN DO IT!


Blogger Newbirth said...

My stress is my sister is coming this weekend and so all my meals will be out and with folks who eat high carb. Plus just the stress of sister. She's nice and all; we just have NOTHING in common and she keeps trying to give me diet advice that she doesn't get won't work for me! Plus, I know more about diet than she does because I've read more than one lousy book about french women! Grrr....

I fully expect to be subjected to more of her advice all weekend. Especially the ever popular, "Oh a little bit won't hurt you." Yeah right. Do I get to blame you when the scale goes up 3 pounds tomorrow, sis? Shut up already.

She's never dealt with being more than 20 pounds overweight, is currently a size 6, and laments how she wants to be a 4. I have no sympathy.

6/22/2006 10:36 PM  
Blogger Shayne said...

HEYYYYY!!!!! How did you know I was eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream at 5:00 this morning?

At least I stopped myself before it became a full blown binge... just a few bites before I came to my senses and had a western omelet instead!

6/23/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger Shayne said...

HEYYYYY!!!!! How did you know I was eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream at 5:00 this morning?

At least I stopped myself before it became a full blown binge... just a few bites before I came to my senses and had a western omelet instead!

6/23/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger 1Peter3 said...

Jimmy - What a horrible stressful week - hope things are calm from now on!

Newbirth - When your sister laments not being a size 4, instead of the horrifically huge size 6 (*rolls eyes*) she is now, maybe you should look at her sweetly, with all the love you can possibly muster, and say, "My dear, since you obviously know soooo much more about nutrition and diet than I do, what's keeping you from getting down to a size 4?"

You can always hope this leads to a productive discussion about how low carb works for you, and whatever-it-is that she's doing obviously isn't working for her, but I have a feeling she'll just throw it back to you somehow. Sisters are like that, sometimes. :-/

6/23/2006 8:59 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Oh, it's been so long since I had a genuine Italian-American meatball sub (grinder, hoagie, whatever you call it where you live), with homemade meatballs, tomato sauce, and fresh Italian bread from one of the local 30 or so restaurants that make them in the New Haven area. Four large meatballs and a lot of bread and sauce. This was my comfort food... BUT I've gotten over it!

6/23/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Mark F said...

Gary, you can stay on the reservation, just lose the bread. My kids HAVE to have spaghetti couple times a month so I'll eat a few meat balls and sauce and have a salad.

Giada DeLaurentis has a receipe for frico (on the show she calls 'em Lemon Basil Wafers or something like that) made with grated parmesan, a bit of lemon zest and fresh basil. Just stir the ingredients together, spoon a tablespoonful on parchment paper into a little heap and bake till crispy. We sometime make a variant with garlic powder or garlic salt. Really keeps you from missing bread.

Jimmy, thanks for letting me know my week wasn't as bad as I thought ;)

6/24/2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger syd said...

I hope for your sake, next week is better. I've been on TDY...stress AND the challenge of finding lc food. Thank the Lord for Hardee's low carb bowl and Ruby Tuesday's smart eating menu, but I've still had the urge to poke something chocolate in my mouth all week long. I can't wait to get back home....

6/25/2006 1:35 PM  
Blogger Pinkfiles said...

Just a little detail, so you know. Actually, comfort food is proven to help reduce stress and put brakes on the chronic stress system. However, the key element is the fact that you eat food high in sugar or fat, and it is the fat cells that are going to send this message of turning down stress...So low carb food are not part of this process! If you wanna no more, search this, Chronic stress and obesity: a new view of "comfort food by doctors Dallman, Pecoraro and al.

12/04/2007 9:48 AM  

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