Unfortunately, when we are stressed or anxious, we tend to look for comfort and solace in food. And usually, it’s not healthy foods, instead it’s the foods created in a lab to light up the feel good sensors in your brain. Not only do your choices change when you’re stressed, but your body actually processes food differently.
When you are stressed, your body releases chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol. Elevated amounts of these hormones can increase your feelings of hunger, putting you on an endless cycle of eating more less healthful foods.
Since you know stress leads towards less healthy options, what strategies can you use to set yourself up for success?
- Name your stressors: What are the top things that cause you to stress and how else can you manage that stress?
- Move your body: Fit exercise into your schedule, even if all you have time for is a brisk 10-minute walk.
- Eat mindfully: When you eat, take a few minutes to give gratitude for your meal and focus on what you are eating. Take a few deep breaths before you start eating to move to the rest and digest state. Stress is something you can’t avoid, but you can have strategies to address it. For example, do you feel stressed because you’re unorganized, unprepared, or your home is in disarray. These things are common, but fixable! Which brings us to….
- Have a plan: Make a plan to tackle the things that are causing you stress, and start chipping away at them, a little bit each day. By reducing your stress, you’ll be amazed how your digestion improves, your sleep quality improves, and you’ll feel lighter.
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