8 WAYS TO AVOID STRESS EATING3 min read
Wanting to avoid stress eating? How many times have you found yourself reaching out for that pack of cookies or wafers or chips? The binge eating’s every time any kind of stressful emotion is sensed like boredom, stress or sadness. As soon as you take that one bite into it immediately you feel a sense of calm and relief. The feeling is otherworldly and quickly you feel another one of those craving waves hitting you and soon the whole pack is gone. If anything similar has happened to you these are the pangs of stress eating and can be harmful if not curbed.
The easiest way to not stress eat is to induce similar hormones of happiness through another method. Exercise, it releases endorphins which relaxes the body and helps it feel fresh. If you stretch, walk or cycle around the block for 15 minutes only. Your cravings will die down especially sugar cravings.
SOLVE A PUZZLE:
Yes, as weird as it may sound solving a puzzle can totally help you distract your from the stress. The bigger and detailed the puzzle, the better. A puzzle involves using your brain and both your hands are at work and busy. This trick helps you remain focused for a span of time which downsizes the thought of eating a snack and quells it.
3 MINUTES LONG:
Remember the phrase “3 minutes” that is how long the sensation of satisfaction lasts after stress eating. So make yourself believe in the harmful effects of eating that food because it is a never-ending loop. Once the craving comes back you are going to want to eat again and that is not doing any favours to your body.
CHOOSE HEALTHIER SNACKS:
Yes, it can be tough to break the loop, to help you do better exchange your cookies, chips for healthier, wiser options. Like for the sweet tooth craving, go for berries or any kind of fruit. You will see it feels the same but the after effect is way healthier.
Your intake of protein can also help you battle the pangs of cravings. The more protein you intake, the fuller your stomach feels. It makes your brain realize that since you are full inside you do not need anything extra and therefore, stop eating.
You do not need to avoid that ice cream you have been dreaming of or that slice of pastry or that cupcake you have been craving. Treat yourself to the best possible version of your craving. Opt for a high-quality treat as there should be no craving left after you are finished.
EATING FULLER MEALS:
It is important for you to eat fuller meals and not skip meals at all. When you skip meals your blood pressure drops and therefore lead to cravings. These cravings even affect your mood and every time your emotion strikes and stress hits, the pangs increase. Not skipping meals is always a wiser choice. Include all food groups and make the meal a healthy one.
TAKE SMALLER BITES:
If the craving cannot be curbed at all. Take a smaller portion of the craving and stop. It is seen that the cravings are not really hunger pangs but only psychological in nature. Therefore, only a small piece of that chocolate or a scoop of ice cream is enough. Stop at that and wait for a few minutes, you will find yourself satisfied and not wanting another bite into the snack.
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