Slim-Fast – Two Weeks Later (& Giveaway!)

Last time I posted, I mentioned I was giving Slim-Fast a try for two weeks. They had generously sent me some samples of their shakes in the new plastic bottles (yay, no more cans!) and I decided to see how well I could incorporate them into my diet. Considering that I hadn’t lost a pound in weeks – and may have gained a couple – trying something new was worth a shot.

I had several struggles during this two week challenge. One of my coworkers ended up in the hospital, and frequent visits to see her and worrying about her left me exhausted and emotionally drained, which weakened my defenses against comfort eating. Exercise was also a low priority during this time. Choosing between exercise and getting five hours of sleep instead of four was an easy choice: sleep.

And let’s not forget the other temptation I was facing: Halloween candy. We bought our bags of candy early, and tried to keep them hidden away, but it didn’t work and the bag was soon open. It’s hard to resist a Reese’s Cup.

Results: Despite the circumstances of the past two weeks, I still lost two pounds! I’ll admit I’m impressed I lost anything at all since there were days I strayed far from the plan and I rarely had any time to exercise. While using the Slim-Fast shakes and meal bars, I felt full after each meal and not very hungry between meals. My downfalls were emotional eating and the late night snackies, both of which are mental issues I need to overcome, and which no diet can really help me with.

Overall thoughts: The Slim-Fast plan is easy to follow, and perfect for someone who eats poorly due to always being in a rush. The meal bars and shakes are convenient and easy to eat on-the-go, making it easy to stick to your plan when your only other option is a drive-thru. The meal bars are a little sweet for my tastes, but balancing them with a glass of water helps a lot. The shakes are perfect and just what I need when I wake up for the day.

I plan to continue using the Slim-Fast products as a supplement in my weight loss plan. While I don’t think I’ll use them everyday, I will likely use the shakes for quick breakfasts and will definitely keep meal bars in my purse for my busy days when I don’t have time for lunch.

Giveaway!

Slim-Fast is not only helping you lose the weight, but they want to remind you that it’s OK to pamper yourself a little, too. To help with that, I’ve got four $25 Sephora gift cards to give to four lucky readers! These gift cards can be used at any Sephora store (including the ones in JC Penney) or on the Sephora online store.

To enter: I’m asking you for a little bit of advice. Emotional eating is my greatest downfall – what are your tips to avoid falling into a plate of comfort food when you’re stressed or down?

Leave me a comment below with an email address to contact you and you’ll be entered for the random drawing for these four gift cards. One entry per person, and only entries that answer the question will be eligible to win. Contest is open until Sunday, November 6 at 11:59pm ET.

Four winners will be randomly selected and notified by email. Winners have two days to respond or an alternate winner will be selected. US residents only.

Good luck!

Full disclosure: I received product samples, free product coupons and Sephora gift cards to facilitate my review and provide giveaways. All opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Slim-Fast.

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Comments

  1. I have the same problem. My advice to you-and myself- is to lie down and read a book instead. Or something else that you enjoy.

  2. Find a way to achieve closure on your emotions rather than looking for external validation. Journaling, exercise and good friends who listen and reflect can be invaluable. Good luck.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  3. Call a friend or grab a book. Stay out of the kitchen.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  4. Go for a walk. It helps ease stress, gets you out of the house away from temptation and you’ll feel great afterward.
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I also have the same problem. I find that by drinking lots of water and going outside either for some fresh air or for a walk, helps ease the feeling. Also, strange as it sounds, brushing my teeth also helps to add a sweet taste and helps satify me sometimes.
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  6. If you have a pet, spend some time with your furred, finned, or feathered family member. They are great stress relievers.
    1bmore @ gmail . com

  7. Anonymous says:

    In the evening when I want to snack, I Try to have a apple instead of a sweet treat.
    Terri M.
    phoenixgrill(at)aol(dot)com

  8. The best advice I have is to find a hobby that requires your hands to be busy, such as cross stitching, knitting, reading, crossword puzzles, etc. I find if my hands are busy I can’t reach into a bag of chips. You can also do most of these while watching T.V., which again is a great distraction from nibbling. LKVOYER at aol dot com

  9. I get moving. Whether I’m sad, mad, worried, I get up and start cleaning. I burn holes in my carpet with my vacuum. I burn off extra energy, it takes my mind off my problems (or gives me time to think) and my house looks fantastic when I’m finished.

  10. I have that problem too. I have found that clicking on the computer keeps my fingers busy. Also when totally stressed a bath helps and no food in there.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  11. same problem here – right now it is tension tamer tea
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  12. I’m always stressed, so when I want to eat, I go outside and enjoy the fresh air!
    magickalblessings26{at}yahoo.com

  13. I like so many these days have a lot of stress -and want to eat-i listen to music -go outside for a walk usually helps
    sue14625 at gmail dot com

  14. I have the same issue. The only thing I have found that helps is a good workout!
    rachelpoulson@live.com

  15. Anonymous says:

    Put on your workout clothes and get moving – stay out of the kitchen if that is where the treats are…lisajay99

  16. Laziness! The only thing that can keep me from a plate of warm pasta or a pan of brownies is the time and effort it takes to prepare them. Instead, I make sure healthy options are readily available. A big bowl of grapes in the fridge can’t replace a pot of mac and cheese, but it sure takes a lot less effort.

  17. I try to get out of the house when I am stressed out. I can always find something outside that needs to be done. So I work off some stress and get something done too.
    stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  18. My tip for not falling into a plate of comfort food when you are stressed or feeling down..is when you feel that feeling coming…pick up the phone and call someone…your mom, your best friend..and have a few laughs…and that my get your mind off that plate of food…make you feel better and not so down!:)

    rypm25@aol.com

  19. I drink a full glass of water first when I feel this way. I tell myself if I drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes and still need food, I will have something. It usually works.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  20. I have found that if I limit myself to one snack and portion it out before I hit the wall of emotional eating that it helps lots. I also knit and crochet a lot in front of the tv to avoid shoveling snacks into my face then.

  21. When I’m tempted to do some emotional eating, I usually try to stop everything and do something I know will require my full attention but is something I enjoy – like going to watch a movie or writing a letter to a good friend. Usually the hunger passes, and I get to let out my emotions in a way that doesn’t involve fried foods or chocolate!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

  22. I like to pick up a good book or start crocheting a scarf or afghan.

    pbabcock2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. I have the same problem! I usually drink flavored water to fight off my sweet cravings.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  24. Lori Hart says:

    I remove myself from the kitchen. Go for a walk or work on a scrapbook project

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

  25. Call a friend or brush your teeth(you dont usually want to eat after brushing your teeth)

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  26. I just try to stay busy to keep my mind off eating.
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

  27. Distract yourself-physical exercise is great for when temptation is too much.

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

  28. Whenever you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and eat fruits instead. Distract yourself by taking a walk. kandyem at yahoo dotcom

  29. I drink a glass of water with fresh lemon juice in it and either take a walk or dance to upbeat music.

  30. Find something else to distract yourself, especially good if its exercise like walking

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

  31. put a stop sign magnet on your fridge to remind you to stop and think about what ur doing. also staying busy and always having water handy keeps my mind off of mindless eating.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Call a friend – or email one of us! It helps me.

    Psssst – your sign in box doesn’t like me. It’s Carmen from momtothescreamingmasses!

  33. When I feel stressed and feel like eating my first thought is eat an apple. Apples usually make me hungrier so the next thing I would go to is nuts. If you want to do something physical do a little exercising that usually takes my mind off of it and usually I wont be hungry anymore.

  34. Drink plain water, lots of. After a few cups, you’d be distracted from your eats.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  35. Samantha Ball says:

    Use the time that you would rather be eating to do something productive. Maybe if you are angry and you usually turn to food, you could instead turn to excersing extra that day.

    squami_2020@yahoo.com

  36. I replace emotional eating with going out for a walk whenever possible – the fresh air and removal from the chaos of the house helps a lot

    kdkdcats at yahoo dot com

  37. You can still eat. Just eat a banana, some pretzels, celery instead of chocolate. That way you are still eating well plus you fufill the need to eat.
    ninamcclain93 at gmail dot com

  38. I exercise whenever I want emotional eat.

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

  39. I am an emotional eater as well. Some things I do are listening to music, needlepoint, or reading when im stressed or sad and just want to eat. TV is the worst thing you can do because people always eat when they are watching tv. i also try to go to bed early to avoid late night snacking.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  40. SOmetimes I get on the bike and exercise or call a buddy~
    kathypersons@yahoo.com

  41. When you’re feeling stressed, find something else to do like take a bath or a walk.
    jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

  42. Douglas Houston says:

    I would recommend sugar free gum like Stride. You get the sensation of eating without the calories.

    digdougx at comcast.net

  43. My best tip is to drink plenty of water and do yoga to calm my nerves.

    rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

  44. My tip is to have healthy options on hand and easily available. I always bring a lunch to work instead of pitching in with coworkers to get fastfood. And I bring my water bottle so I won’t be tempted to get soda from the vending machines.

  45. I try to drink a big glass of water when I am feeling down and I don’t keep any crap in the house just in case.

    joni.taylor3710@gmail.com

  46. Instead of eating, I try to treat myself and buy a tiny gift…nothing more than $5. I’ll go to the store and get a magazine for example.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. I read the quote, “Do not reward yourself with food- you are not a DOG!” I cannot help but remind myself of this every time I want to binge, emotionally eat or give myself a “reward.” It’s SO true. Instead, I usually chug a bottle of water (true story) and head to the beach, mall or pick up the phone and call a friend. If I’m talking on the phone- I don’t want to be eating junk.

    (ps- I’d LOVE to win the contest. I’m a teacher who’s constantly on the go and looking to start The Slim Fast program. I’m getting married in March and need to get some of this weight off!- Lori Kirch at G mail )
    Good luck on your journey!

  48. I like to exercise or clean when I am upset.

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

  49. My tip is to limit snacks in your kitchen and buy smaller packages. Also, maybe try taking a walk when you are feeling stressed?
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. Actually cortisol is mostly to blame in emotional eating when you are stressed! To help fight this….drink some green tea. There is an amino acid in green tea called L-Theanine that battles that ‘blah’ and brings you an all natural ‘feel good’ moment. You can also take this in supplement form and it is completely good for you and natural.

    mikkipiglet (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. My tip is to drink a lot of water and exercise.
    austma7@aol.com

  52. I’ve been an emotional eater for most of my life. When I want to stop myself from doing it, I drink unsweetened tea and listen to music that I know will put me in a good mood. Hope this helps!

    4teamrochester(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Janna Johnson says:

    keep lots of healthy snacks only in your kitchen
    Blogtacular contest! Thanks so much! Janna Johnson Jannajanna@hotmail.com
    Janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  54. I’m working on the same problem myself. Right now I just buy a lot of fruit, so when I get stressed I eat a banana.
    Kevinsawinner@gmail.com

  55. Distract yourself by reading book, watching movie or doing something creative like crafts. It will get your mind off of things and keep you busy

  56. I try to eat lots of something that is good for me like salad, and fill up on water

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

  57. i treat myself to something other than food. my downfall is drive thru meals so when i get emotional i will treat myself to a new book, or a new nailpolish, or something else to fill that void.

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  58. I go for a walk. We have a nice park across the street from our house with a walking trail around the lake. It’s amazing how good you feed afterwards.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

  59. I can totally relate to your problem. I would much rather sleep than exercise. Sometimes that is actually what I do. I know if I’m sleeping I won’t think about eating. I also try to chew gum to occupy me. I hope this helps? Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

  60. Drink a glass of water and come back in 30 minutes to see if you’re still hungry.

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

  61. Try getting into the tub with a book and a nice drink–something like water with a squeeze of citrus. By the time you get out the urge to eat may have passed.

    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  62. I’m an emotional eater as well, it’s one of the hardest things to try and stop doing. I usually will fill up on water in those instances, and I also wrote a note/list to myself of why I’m trying to lose weight, so when I feel like “cheating” I re-read it to remind myself why I’m doing all of this to begin with.

    Thanks :)
    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  63. I can totally relate! My advice is to call a friend or write in a journal.

    heartfulloflove93 (at) gmail.com

  64. Grab some sugar free gum and chew away. Having a buddy to talk about it helps too.
    jas8929(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. I’m a terrible emotional eater too. I’ve found that I can mitigate the damage by letting myself have a big glass of sweet tea or something sweet to drink ( I like those 0 calorie Casacde Ice drinks too) I feel like I get a treat without downing an entire box of marshmallow cookies.

    kiwidragon117 at yahoo dot com

  66. Mindfulness! It’s an awesome exercise for any kind of emotional stuff, but it’s perfect for emotional eating. Before you eat, think about what you are eating and what you are actually hungry for. Think about what might have triggered you to eat and the emotions that are attached to it. Keeping a thought/emotions journal could be helpful too :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  67. Replace junk food with healthier alternatives like fruits for sweet and portion salty snacks like pretzels. I usually like to watch movies to occupy my mind and sometimes I walk in place while watching TV to get some exercise while I am at it. I think it helps to talk to someone or keep yourself busy because when you sit there and dwell you may be more apt to eat junk. I think it is alright to have sweets, but the key is portion control. When I am feeling down and the need to eat everything in site, I usually call up a friend and see if they want to go out and do something.

    darkmysticnight@hotmail.com

  68. I grab a glass of water or a glass of black tea, and when I finish it I don’t feel like eating. I don’t buy “munchy” foods so I’m not tempted.
    mnsanchez15@yahoo.com

  69. I would definitely drink a big glass of water first and then try to do something else you enjoy besides eat like go for a walk or read a good book.

  70. My advice would be to go for a short walk to take your mind off the craving.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

  71. When I get stressed, I go for a walk or turn on some music and dance. It keeps me out of the kitchen. trinitygsd at yahoo dto ocm

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  73. Well I’m a smoker so not sure how much I can help with that. lol If I get stressed out and I don’t want to eat something, I simply have a good smoke. However, I’m also a gamer. So sometimes when I get stressed, I try to completely lose myself inside a first person shooter or a MMORPG. Or sometimes I just put nature music, lock myself away from everyone and lay down. :)

    othila1985@msn.com

  74. I try to go towards snacking on something that’s low calorie like fruit and I drink plenty of water!

    hebert024 at aol dot com

  75. Jennifer Paige says:

    Not having those unhealthy comfort foods in the house is a great start. I also have an issue with emotional eating and find that if it’s not in the house, I’m unlikely to go buy something bad for me, especially if the house is filled with good for you foods!

    paige1sme at aol dot com

  76. Anonymous says:

    I also have this problem…Well, had for many many years…The best thing to do is find something else to do….If finding something else doesn’t work, keep a box of low-cal popcicles or anything fatfree and snack on that.
    jamiewhittington at yahoo dot com

  77. I have the same problem. I just try to make myself aware of what I am doing. Keep healthy snacks ready to eat.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

  78. I like going for a long walk. It helps take my mind off things and relax.

  79. If you’re truly hungry, reach for a piece of fruit – apples are especially good if you take the time to slice them and enjoy each piece. Or head for the bath or shower. Or go “play” with your hair and try a new style. Good luck! mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

  80. I keep tempting food out of the house. That way I have no choice but to eat something healthy.
    chelsreb(at)aol(dot)com

  81. I have the same problem and I find that staying extremely busy with various hobbies and projects keeps me from thinking about food.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  82. I only keep healthy foods in my kitchen so I don’t break down and eat junk. Sometimes break downs can’t be avoided but at least when I do want to eat emotionally, I will have to resort to raw veggies and baked chips!

    kellierosewilson at hotmail dot com

  83. Firat I would suggest you keep convenience foods out of the house. If you gave to prepare a dish that takes time, you are less likely to eat mindlessly. Also find something productive to do when the desire to eat emotionally hits. Clean out a junk drawer or organize your collection of healthy recipes!

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com

  84. I have the same problem. It gets worse with cold weather and earlier sunsets, too! I’ve found two ways to help: I plan out all my meals (snacks, too!) and as soon as I get the urge to mindlessly snack – I ask myself what I’m really hungry for – or leash up the dogs for a quick walk – one of those three usually helps!

    e-mail: lucky02130 (at) gmail (dot) com

  85. Emotional eating is one of my downfalls too. I always have homemade low cal soup in the freezer (or canned in the cupboard) so I can heat it up for something really quick and filling. And I tell myself I just have to eat right for one more day, then if I still want to splurge I can. Just knowing that I have a choice usually helps.

    3oink63moo484@gmail.com

  86. This sounds a little bit silly, but up your fiber when you plan your meals. Beans, carrots, raw greens. That’s going to fill you up more,so you don’t munch. Keep low calorie snacks with lots of flavor around, like spicy hummus or pickles. Sometimes if you just put something (like a spoonful of salsa) in your mouth you’ll lose the craving because all you really wanted was a strong flavor in your mouth,not really food. My third suggestion is if you really want a treat, drink a huge glass of water with lemon or lime so you get some kind of taste in your mouth.Wait a half hour. If you still want the treat after all that, go ahead and have it.
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

  87. I take time to praise God and thank Him for getting you through this and ask him for grace and help.It works for me.
    tjfirth@yahoo.com

  88. When I’m stressed or down, I reach for sweets. I do pretty well at keeping them out of the house so I’m not tempted. I also like to grab the dog and get out of the house for a walk when I feel like chowing down.

    amybabya79 at yahoo.com

  89. Prayer changes everything!

  90. I just try to keep myself distracted – if I know I’m getting stressed and wanting to eat, I’ll call a friend and chat, or go take a walk for a little bit. Both of those activities help me relax, too :)

    greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

  91. I chew gum or brush my teeth. Plus, blowing bubbles for/with the kids and dogs always brings on the laughs. Pick up the phone & call a good friend.

    When I am stressed, I eat a bowl of fat burning soup (any veggie based soup really without tons of starches or proteins, I have tons of recipes) 20-30 minutes before I eat a meal or snack so I end up eating a lot less.

    Good luck.

  92. I think you should go for a walk outside if you are stressed or down.

    dhealey123@yahoo.com

  93. I have the opposite problem. When I;m stressed or depressed I can’t eat a bite, but I can’t sit still either. My answer is usually cleaning. I’ll clean the house from top to bottom and usually feel a bit better. And if not at least I’m so tired I can lay down and sleep. So My answer would be cleaning…staying busy.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  94. Going on a walk helps me! Or doing something productive. I hope I win! Ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com

  95. One thing that helps me with that is journaling. Write down your feelings…or you can call a friend if you’re not the writing type.
    jeanlynd at att dot net

  96. Talking to someone or listening to music works, anything that can distract you from eating.

    tiffany.hoyt@hotmail.com

  97. My tip is to go for a walk when you are feeling emotional. It really helps to take your mind off of it and get your blood pumping. Then the urge will be gone. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

  98. I also have the same problem… okay who doesn’t. I try to always have something healthy (fruit etc) on the counter to grab that I see right away! I also started sewing… just keeping my hands and mind busy seems to really help as well! Good luck!
    wolf0129@comcast.net

  99. Chew gum instead – I find that when I turn to emotional eating, what soothes me is the chewing, not the food itself. There are a lot of low-calorie and sugar free options! Crunching on ice can help too if your teeth aren’t sensitive.

    kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

  100. Anonymous says:

    Write out your feelings instead of eating. Or go somewhere where you’re not allowed to have food, like a library.
    justonemore1978@hotmail.com

  101. Anonymous says:

    grab your ipod and go outdoors for a run or walk. Listening to music you enjoy(sing along ouloud)and exercising outdoors will burn away the stress-plus you will better afterwards.

    riosamel(at)aol(dot)com

  102. I try and do something – rather it being going for a run or taking the dog for a walk – maybe just a trip to the mall – just to get out of eating it

  103. Call up a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  104. I realized when I have snacks in the house, i eat them when i’m bored. So i’ve stopped buying snacks because you cant eat what’s not there.

    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

  105. My advice would be to meditate so that you’ll be less stressed and therefore not seek out comfort food.

  106. I head to the bathroom and brush my teeth. I’ve found that food tastes icky enough after just brushing with minty goodness that I don’t want it anymore. :)

    stormraven at gmail dot com

  107. Anonymous says:

    I try to have some healthier snacks at hand – I read that grapes are really good if you like sweet things – they’re an easy snack but still sweet and healthy

    sweepymummy [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  109. I drink tea,my favorites are fruity green teas. After a cup or two of tea my munchies go away:)

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

  110. I call my mom or a good friend and talk to them while I walk a mile or so.
    steph_showalter at yahoo dot com

  111. Since I always struggle with halloween candy, I’ve done something the past two years that’s worked really well… buy candy you hate! Silly, but I can’t stand peanut butter and I hate the smell, so getting reese’s to hand out keeps me safe. Mind you, my kids love peanut butter and they eat it all the time!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

  112. I’m really struggling with this too. My mom keeps telling me just drink a glass of water or try to find anything to distract yourself.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

  113. my downfall was trying to go without sweets—I would do great for 2 weeks then I would have a bad day–and consume a whole package of cookies–now I end the day with a kashi cookie and a big glass of milk.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

  114. Go for a walk. It helps ease stress, gets you out of the house away from temptation and you’ll feel great afterward.

    dianacontest@hotmail.com

  115. Just remind yourself how much worse you’ll feel if you give in!

    calidreamin87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  116. Spend a few minutes counteracting what is making you stressed or down. For example if you are stressed because your house is a mess-spend 10 minutes cleaning or straightening something. If you have a friend in the hospital-put together a get well basket. If you are stressed over money or lack of it-start planning a yard sale or learn how to sell some stuff on ebay.
    mamacas10atgmaildotcom

  117. My advice is to take a little walk – or a long one:) Usually this helps me forget about why I wanted to eat or if I was just bored and wanted to eat for something to do.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  118. I would go for a walk…get out of the house where you might be tempted to eat something.

  119. That’s really tough and I struggle with a lot to, but I think that holding off for ten minutes helps. If at the end of ten minutes I’m still focused on eating I’m probably hungry, but, if in the interim I have become distracted it helps.
    dez3b@yahoo.com

  120. Heather W says:

    I think switching what you’re eating could help. Maybe dried apple chips or celery and peanut butter
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

  121. Take a walk instead of eating.

  122. Don’t deprive yourself. Eat what you want in moderation and combine with something healthy.

    Tandt625 at hotmail dot com

  123. I just omit non healthy items from the house so I’m not tempted.

  124. I crave chocolate to cheer me up so I substitute it for sugar free chocolate

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  125. Anonymous says:

    My tips…and I used three of them regularly…1). Get busy with something you love…scrapbooking, photos, reading, something, and soon you’ll forget you’re longing for food. 2). Drink a bunch of water fast. It fills your tummy with a quickness if you’re not really hungry for food. 3). Lose yourself in a movie or book that you love.

    Good luck!

    msursoey@yahoo.com

  126. Try to have healthier products around the house. Remove anything that you shouldn’t be eating. Drink water! Drinking a glass of water can make you full and not want to eat.

    thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

  127. go for a walk,play with your kids/pets
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  128. the best thing i have found is to take a quick walk and get some fresh air

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

  129. annemarie562000 says:

    I usually have a light snack and try to distract myself by playing a game online. I get so involved in the game that I forget about food.

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

  130. Find something to do to take your mind off of it. Exercising,going for a walk or reading are some good choices.

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  131. I have this problem as well! It is so easy to fall back onto comfort foods. My advice is to place reminders near the food that you will see before you eat it. For me, a visual reminder is usually enough for me to choose something healthier or to realize that I just need to redirect my mind! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kconklin1028@gmail.com

  132. I drink a glass of water. That usually helps. If not, I get outside or on the treadmill and walk about 2 miles. After that I feel so much better!
    It works !

    Shanna.Anderson@Hotmail.com

  133. Snack on healthier options. Like berries and fruit! Granola even!

    hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

  134. I make a cup of flavored tea: no calories, gives me something to do with my hands, smells lovely, and keeps me occupied for a bit.

    And…if that doesn’t work…I take a shower!

    riceburns (at) hotmail (dot) com

  135. go for a walk, clear your head get away from the fridge!

  136. Stock up on healthy snack foods. So when you get the urge to eat, at least you will be eating healthy. You have to start from some where. Good Luck!

    htalfor@gmail.com

  137. crystletellerday says:

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  138. Have healthy foods on hand instead of junk food snacks so you won’t be as tempted to run to the refrigerator!
    ziggyga athotmaildot com

  139. Piper Family says:

    I will eat some fruit first, then if I still want a piece of chocolate I will grab some .. but not a whole bag, or bar .. just a few pieces so I don’t over indulge.
    marilynbmonroe at aol dot com

  140. I either read a good book or take a walk.
    helencutie06@aol.com

  141. I have to fill my stomach with water so that I feel too full. They say if you can let 10 minutes pass without giving into a craving, that it will pass…but that doesnt work for me. The only think that works in that sense is to immediately go work out…and then I don’t feel like messing up the hard work. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  142. I find that if I nibble on something non or low calorie, it takes care of the need to eat. Carrot sticks, celery, cauliflower or even a few baked crackers with some Crystal Light Lemonade work for me.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  143. This sounds terrible but I keep the scale in the kitchen and then when I get tempted I step on it. It has stopped me from eating a number of times!

    zaviea (at) yahoo (dot) com

  144. My advice is to lie down and take deep breaths. Think about your progress and about not wanting to ruin it.

    annettekz2@yahoo.com

  145. My advise is to get away from the temptation and do something else – first go brush your teeth (nothing tastes good right afterwards) then go do something messy like working in the garden or a messy cleaning task around the house where it would take awhile to clean up, etc.

    behap{at}yahoo{dot}com

  146. carol y l says:

    Do something creative like decorate or sew or whatever makes you happy. Get up and take a walk or do something with your family. Read a magazine you enjoy.
    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  147. I’ve got the same problem as you so I don’t know if I’m one to give advice. What works for me sometimes is when I am stressed and want to eat I find a chore that needs to be done. Instead of sabotaging myself by eating, I become productive. Sometimes it works.

  148. I suffer from the same addiction, but I try to focus on other things. Yoga really helps me battle any emotional pitfalls that I may have.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

  149. Replace available foods in the house with healthier options – fruits, veggies, nuts. Then try to find alternative behaviors for eating – like walking, doing the Wii, drinking water, reading a book. . .then if you still feel the need to eat, wait for another 15 minutes – half hour. Then if you still want to eat, at least the food available are healthier.
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

  150. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have this problem, but my problem is craving sweets, instead of veggies. I try to not have sweets in the house.
    Liza
    lizajl at hotmail dot com

  151. I eat more when i’m angry. The key is to put your mind on something else rather than eating

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

  152. I read or chat with friends online, anything that takes my mind off of food.

  153. I try to go take a walk when I am stressed and just want to mindlessly eat. Usually when I get back, I feel so good about what I just did, that I don’t want to ruin it by eating extra calories.
    wallindeb@yahoo.com

  154. I drink warm tea when I’m having a craving and if I still crave it after the tea, then I sometimes give in but often my stomach is satisfied with the tea.

  155. when i am stressed or down i try to listen to upbeat music on youtube, i find some great 80 tunes and ride my exercise bike to a line up of them. clallen at ntin dot net

  156. I try to do something that keeps my hands busy so I can’t eat…like crocheting, reading, etc.

    amandasandico at yahoodotcom

  157. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach, as that is when you’ll be most likely to over-indulge in sweets and comfort foods. Instead, get a healthy momentum started by taking a brisk walk and grabbing a well balanced meal before shopping to help boost your metabolism and keep you focused on healthy food choices.

  158. I grab some water and my laptop and either surf success stories of people who have overcome something or just start typing out my goals!
    heatherpooh (hotmail)

  159. Thanks for the giveaway…emotional eating is tough, if you feel the urge to eat try drinking a large glass of water & eating a small apple or plain popcorn…better yet, try eating a small apple before each meal with a glass of water: the fiber & pectin in the apple will fill you & help regulate blood sugar levels i.e. another eating trigger.

    Read a book, walk the dog, etc.

    Good Luck !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  160. My tip to avoid this kind of pitfall is to grab a journal and jot down your thoughts at that time. That helps you reflect and get it out, instead of using food to get over the “moment”.
    textbookmommy at gmail dot com

  161. I listen to music and do housework before I eat.. I put it off.

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