Pound for Pound

Eating Your Way Through Boredom and Stress?

Those of us who tend to use food as more than a source of fuel-seeking cookies when we need comfort, almonds for amusement and raisin-and-rum ripple ice cream as a reward-are particularly susceptible to this phenomenon. When I was a child, I remember my mother, a psychologist, working on a report at home. "Hmm, I think I'll make a cup of tea. I need a break; I hate writing these reports," she'd say, wandering from her office into the kitchen where I sat doing my homework. "Some of those chocolate chip cookies would go well with this," she would add thoughtfully, filling a plate and returning to her office.

Half an hour would pass, and my mother would return. "Is there any of that pistachio ice cream left in the freezer?" Mom would ask hopefully. "I've got to get myself to finish this, and that's just what I need."

With this tendency in my genes, I need to be careful when I work at home or I won't be able to wear my designer jeans. And I confess that when I first began to write at home, I trekked frequently to my new buddy, the refrigerator. Remembering Sandi's experience, however, I decided to devote some time to researching just how I could avoid the dreaded "freshman 15."

I discovered it's possible to work at home without gaining weight, as long as you: A. Take time to make a plan and stick to it with regard to refrigerator recreation, and B. Incorporate exercise into your work day. An important caution here: Before you change your diet and/or exercise regime, be sure to check with your health-care provider. Your mileage may vary, and every suggestion described here may not necessarily apply to every body.

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