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need advice on stress eating during finals

Finals week starts on Monday and I'll be sitting all day and sleeping just a few hours a night. The stress makes me ridiculously hungry and I can't just get up and go for a walk or exercise instead of snacking. Any suggestions for what to do to take my mind off food/something to do instead while I'm sitting and studying all day long? Also, I have TMJ so I can't chew gum. Thanks for your help!

Sun. May 13, 1:31am

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The tough part is that this is probably a habit already, and you can't break a habit overnight. These strategies might help:

- Make the snacks unavailable - even if you are thinking about them, you can't eat what isn't there.
- Drink tea, water, diet soda, Crystal Light, etc.
- Brush your teeth and use Listerine before you sit down to study.
- When you think of eating, get up and do 10 sit ups.

Sunday, May 13, 2007, 8:15 AM

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How about doing some "exercise" while sitting in your chair-- i.e. leg lifts and ab "crunches" (i.e. holding the abs in tightly for a few seconds) while doing your studying? Maybe that will help to keep you from not moving at all....

I agree-- water is good.... or even have bananas, apples, carrots or celery on hand to munch on-- that way, if you are finding the need to eat, it's more healthy for you?

Monday, May 14, 2007, 12:00 AM

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I wish I would've read this post earlier... i'm cramming today, and i at a bunch of crap I didn't need.

Good tips.
Good luck on your tests OP!

Monday, May 14, 2007, 1:36 AM

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When I get stressed,I wear essential oils ,Cedar, Jasmine,Lavender, it calms me. I also try to drink homemade vegetable soup and decaff teas in 'Jasmine, Vanilla, Apple/cinnamon, and Mint work the best! Go for a brief walk between your studying and carry water and a high protein lunch w/ you when you feel hungry.

Monday, May 14, 2007, 4:09 AM

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Do you feel the impulse to snack as you study? I often do and I've found the best thing to do is to induldge this urge if it helps you focus. Just keep all junk food out of the house. If you have it and don't want to trash it then seal it in a rubbermaid bin and put it in the back of a closet. Instead of the chips and the soda go for veggies, fruit and a healthier drink, water, herbal teas, or if you must have soda go with diet.

Monday, May 14, 2007, 11:08 AM

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