Nutrition — Emotional and Stress Eating
January Health Focus: Week 3
Emotions and high levels of stress can drive you to eat even when your body does not need food, which can lead to continuous cycles of emotional stress-eating.
Why do so many people overeat? All kinds of explanations have been proposed, including boredom, lack of willpower, hormones, and genetics.
A food diary is helpful in understanding your eating patterns and tracking what you eat.
Like gears working together — eating, activity, sleep, and stress interact and contribute to your overall health.
You can learn to control emotional and stress eating by finding alternative ways to respond when you feel like grabbing something to eat — find something else to do.
The “Sense and Savor Walk” is a walking meditation that incorporates all of our senses to notice an experience.
This 5 Minute BBLLISS Meditation can help strengthen your ability to bring the neocortex (the creative problem-solving part of the brain) into play during stressful situations. Learn to replace overwhelming, fearful thoughts with awareness of sensations, breath, and what is actually happening in the moment.
Try some recipes that incorporate stress-busting ingredients!