Let's take a look at what habits we have - it's getting real here, so put your big girl/boy pants on!
Have you ever had a hard day at work and been tempted to pull into the drive-through for a quick fix of junk food?
And you don’t even feel any kind of bad about your plans to eat every single bite of it …
Cause, we're talking a real bad day and you deserve it, dang it!
Stress eating is real and one powerful pull. But if we get real here - we know that while it feels sooooo good in the moment it leaves you feeling WORSE after you finish it.
You’re bloated … You’re tired … You feel blah … You're STILL stressed... And now you have a stomachache too.
Giving in to cravings can soothe you temporarily, but it sets you up for even more cravings in the future.
Here’s why: Your brain burns about half of your body’s daily carb requirements.
Regular short-term “acute” stress can mean your brain needs about 12% more energy, which might explain the initial cravings.
But when your stress becomes chronic, your body releases a barrage of hormones to help you cope with it – including cortisol and insulin.
Over time, this can cause blood sugar swings, insulin surges, more cravings, and even slow down your metabolism!
Your body definitely doesn’t deserve that.
This is just one reason trainers and health coaches talk so much about stress management – even when you’re not feeling all that stressed.
Trying to “walk it off” when it comes to stress doesn’t set you up for success – but being proactive and mindful definitely does.
● Spend some quiet time every day – either meditating, taking a walk outside, doing breathwork, praying, or journaling. The point is to be intentional with whatever you choose. Allow yourself to relax!
● On days you’re tempted to “stress eat,” before you take the first bite, distance yourself from the food by doing something else – take a hot shower or bath, go for a walk, read, exercise, play with the dog or the kids. Divert your attention to something positive.
● Practice a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
● If stress is a big problem in your life, get support!
I hope these tips help you tame the stress monster in your life – and the food cravings that go along with it!
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