Stress Management

Endless Eating

It is quite easy to get distracted by the stresses of life, and this can lead to a negative effect of being distracted in other areas of wellness. In today’s blog, this distraction is stress eating. Staying on track with dieting and exercise is sometimes thwarted by mindless eating during or after a long day. Although it is not always avoidable, stress eating can be curbed or modified.

CNN News recently found an article from titled, “Stress eating helps, when they’re these super foods.” The article goes on to highlight how, when tension rises at work, grabbing for the greens or more nutritious fiber options can make a large difference on one’s daily outlook.

Power foods such as cashews, seeds, and pistachios may be caloric, however, they contain many essentials. Pistachios promote circulatory healthiness by lowering blood pressure and the heart rate. CNN writer Lindsay Funston reports, “Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are all great sources of magnesium (as are leafy greens, yogurt, nuts, and fish). Loading up on the mineral may help regulate emotions. “Magnesium has been shown to help alleviate depression, fatigue, and irritability.”

To hold the mid morning hunger at a minimum, try keeping the breakfast going with foods like oatmeal, yogurt, or blueberries. These foods are not only filling, but also they contain trusty nutrients and proteins that may help to reduce symptoms of stress. The probiotics in the yogurt target the brain chemicals that emit positive activity in the emotional region, the research suggests. To up the nutrition value, try eating Greek yogurt with blueberries, as Greek yogurt is fewer calories and more filling due to its higher protein content.

For better lunch snacking, try ditching the greasy cafeteria options and packing your own healthy and sustaining power foods instead. Such examples would include turkey, chicken, and salmon. Even if you are distracted, these high protein snacks will nourish and keep you focused on hourly tasks. For more veggie-friendly options, try munching on kale chips, Edamame beans, or celery.

To satisfy that sweet tooth and keep the energy up, other options the article suggests are milk and dark chocolate. Milk is loaded with Vitamin D, protein, and calcium, while dark chocolate works wonders on stress levels. Sass reports, “…the antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. And finally, dark chocolate contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love!”

While stress eating can be inevitable, choosing smart foods can help boost your mental and physical wellness while keeping your stomach full.

If you want to read the entire article from CNN, follow the link here!

1 Response to “Stress Management”

  1. 1 angela April 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. It is so easy to grab a bag of chips when it is equally as easy to grab some carrots instead.

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