Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating tips are helpful to know, because when we are stressed, there are demands on our bodies and more often than not, we’ll eat. We are not thinking things out – we’re simply reacting to stress.

This is what we call emotional eating. We’re not hungry, but we eat for relief. Stress and weight gain are related. Learn to understand and stop eating your emotions by incorporating these healthy eating tips and stop eating your stress.

We can be stressed for many reasons: family, finances, work etc and our bodies respond as if we need help. There are shifts in our metabolism, blood flow etc. If we remain highly stressed for a prolonged time, many aspects of our health are at risk, not only stress and weight gain. Here are some reasons for emotional eating

The Metabolism: You’re your metabolism can cause you to gain weight when the stress hormone cortosol slows it down. If this happens, you can eat the same as you always do, but you’ll gain weight.

Cravings: Funny how we never crave a salad when we’re stressed. It’s always sweet, salty, fried etc. This is the body’s way of giving us energy to fight the stress, but it sure doesn’t help with healthy eating.

Blood sugar: Blood sugar levels change with stress. This can cause mood swings, fatigue, as well as more serious diseased like diabetes and heart problems.

Fat: High stress is linked to fat storage. Fat stored in the stomach region has been linked to more health risks than in other areas of our bodies.

Emotional Eating

Stress causes food addiction and that means that you’re are not eating because you’re hungry, you’re eating to take the edge off. How often you open the fridge, or go to the vending machines at work? Are you always hungry? Sometimes you ‘think’ you are, but you have to stop eating your emotions. Calm down and don’t escape into food.

Healthy Eating Tips

1) Do not start the day on an empty stomach. Eat breakfast.

2) Carry a healthy snack with you.

3) Drink plenty of water.

4) Avoid fast food restaurants and junk food.

5) Exercise – you’ll eat better.

6) Brown bag-it. You’ll eat better and save money too.

7) When you're raiding the fridge, stop. The craving will pass

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Stress and weight gain go together. So to help stop emotional eating and follow these healthy eating tips. You’ll feel better, look better and have a better outlook on life.

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If you need help with emotional eating, Overeaters Anonymous or other support groups can help you. There is also counseling for emotional eating as well as coaching which can keep you on the right track.

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