What do you eat when nobody is watching? A couple of years ago I came across some stats in Health magazine.
46% of us have been caught digging into a secret stash. (yep, guilty…my latest “stash” is Girl Scout Thin Mints)
71% said we’ve buried a food wrapper deep in the trash can to hide evidence. (um….yesssssss)
86% of us wait until we’re alone to eat favorite indulgent food. (of course…why on earth would I voluntarily subject myself to condescending looks from those who doesn’t think I need Thin Mint cookies?)
Fitness magazine tell us:
71% of women snackers report sticking to only one serving. (But who are we kidding…a GS Thin Mint cookie serving is really one sleeve, not 4 cookies, right?)
The number one trigger for a snack attack? According to this survey, it’s boredom. Well, I’m here to tell you that with me, it’s STRESS! I can’t even remember the last time I was bored.
Yes, I’m a stress eater.
Yes, I have emergency chocolate. Except right now…because I’ve RUN OUT!
And yes, I know all about identifying the emotional “triggers” of stress eating. They are as follows:
Work crisis (aka website malfunctions)
Any prolonged left-brain activity
Depression (see above)
Frustration (see above)
Yeah, that pretty well sums it up. I know there are healthy snacks I could substitute for that sweet, delicious, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate…but all of them do absolutely nothing for the cortisol rush needed to combat Code Red, unrelenting stress. The problem is…those times seem to be ever-increasing.
Which is now why I need this…
I call her Callie. She sits on my smartphone’s screen as a constant reminder to enter my food and exercise for the day. She tells me how many calories I have to begin the day and how many I (hopefully) have leftover for *snacks* at the end. As long as I don’t keep secrets from her, our relationship will be fine.
What’s your go-to secret snack?