When stress gets us down, the first thing we reach for is food. Although it’s a temporary fix, chocolate, fatty foods and sugary snacks are our friend of choice. And, if you’re busy during the day, grabbing convenience food is often the way we go.
Here are some tips from WebMD of ways you can reduce your stress and eat better.
Build a good nutritional foundation
Start by preparing your meals the night before. It may take some time to get used to this but if you add it regularly into your schedule you will get the hang of it pretty quickly. Remember to eat every four or five hours.
Recognize what’s happening
When you feel the stress-eating feeling coming on stop and evaluate why you are so stressed. Recognize if you’re truly hungry or if you’re just stress eating.
Have a Plan B and C
Stress can happen anytime and anywhere. Keep healthy snacks handy. If it’s within reach, you’re less likely to get up to eat an unhealthy snack.
Keep things out of sight
Place all the junk food in one specific drawer or cupboard. Even though you know it’s there try not to look at it. If you’re really craving something – drink a glass of water and distract yourself with a routine chore until the urge passes.
When stress is getting you down try and exercise it out. Go for a walk outside, you can go on a jog, walk up and down the stairs or use the elliptical or bike. You can also exercise your mind by listening to music or meditating.
Hopefully these helpful tips and tricks will help you to make the right food decision when times get stressful.
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