Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Manage Stress Eating

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Be it studying for final exams, preparing for a job interview, or raising two children, we’ve all been stressed and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. With multiple responsibilities to juggle, most people unfortunately let their diets suffer. Luckily, Bon’App is here to fill you in on some secrets of how to manage stress eating. We hope to never catch you at 1 am with a soda and chips in hand again!

When you’re stressed, it appears your body uses up key nutrients much faster than usual causing multiple stress-related effects, such as fatigue, heightened anxiety, and an inability to focus. It is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet in order to avoid such consequences.

While in a rush, common mistakes are made. When overwhelmed with responsibilities, most people skip proper meals, leading them to eat at irregular times or late at night. Many are forced to purchase the most convenient option, which usually ends up being fast food, processed foods, or packaged snacks. You want to stay away from processed bleached grains,  added sugars, and bad fat.

You might be thinking, “How can I possibly maintain a healthy and balanced diet when I’m constantly on the go?” Convenience is key, planning ahead is imperative, and being prepared is a must. If you know you aren’t going to have enough time for a full meal, pack a balanced snack. Also, plan healthy dinners at the beginning of the week, so you are aren’t scrambling last minute to make something work.

Here are a few food items and snack ideas that will help you manage your diet on the go throughout the day – No stress!

Breakfast

To start your day right, grab a piece of whole-wheat toast or a bowl of whole grain oatmeal to give your body a healthy serving of complex carbohydrates. This type of carbohydrate gives you the boost you need and is digested slower, so it will help to keep you feeling full for longer. Bon’App says that a bowl of multi-grain oatmeal only has 147 calories (and no Bad Fat!) Great filling way to start the day.


 


For Lunch?

Pack a spinach salad with salmon. Spinach is packed with magnesium and fiber, great for lasting fullness. Also, salmon is full of key nutrients and omega-3 oils that “help regulate blood pressure and other key body functions,” says the S.L.A.C. at Stanford University.





For Midday Snack?

To satisfy your midday cravings, grab a piece of fruit like an easily portable apple or orange to add some Vitamin C to promote the production of serotonin in your body. This chemical helps curb stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline and in turn promotes a happy and calming feeling. Add a small portion of cottage cheese or yogurt to add some lasting protein.



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