Remembering To Stay Healthy During Stressful Times

Many people turn to various outlets to find comfort in times of high stress. Between working long hours and trying to balance our family, life can become over whelming at times and be detrimental to our health.

Some people feel that they don’t have enough time to eat good nutritious meals during the day, and others feel that because of the situation they are in all they really want is that very high in calories and high in sugar for a quick pick me up. Although you may be craving a comfort food it is very important to take a step back and realize that the best way to help yourself in times of high stress is to have a healthy meal or snack.

woman choosing between pizza and orange

In times of high stress it becomes even more important to ensure that you are fueling your body with the appropriate foods, as eating snacks with little nutrients can work against your body’s natural ability to combat stress. All foods affect our bodies in different ways. Therefore foods with high amounts of calories and little nutrient value can actually make it harder for us to be able to focus on our tasks at hand and accomplish our goals.

It is important to maintain eating habits such as how much you are eating and when you each to help your body better function with daily tasks in times of high turmoil.

Be aware of your food consumption in times of high stress as it is during these times that we tend to over eat and consume food. Mindfulness of our actions and ways we can help lower our stress levels will also help keep our food decisions in check and help maintain a healthy lifestyle!

running from food

Click on the link to check out what the Dietitians of Canada recommend when it comes to stress eating!

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