I’m definitely guilty of stress eating. Especially when midterms are coming up, or when I’m having difficulty with a story for the newspaper, the best option seems like eating. To be honest, I’m writing this right now because I’m currently stuffing my face with berry granola…not the worst but definitely not the best.
According to Self Magazine, when humans are stressed, their bodies release the hormone cortisol, which triggers cravings for fatty and sugary foods. Bleh. That’s the body really screwing you over. The best thing to do is just say no. Ask yourself “Am I really hungry?” or drink some water. I’ve noticed green tea helps too, because it tastes good and feels like a treat, but doesn’t negatively impact your body.
However, sometimes you just need to snack. And if there’s no stopping you, it’s better to snack on something nutritious and low-cal than the alternative. In hopes of having a go-to list of “not so bad snacking” snacks, I’m posting one to my blog! A couple of these ideas came from Pinterest, and some more can be found here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/100-calorie-snacks#. Here’s 10 easy stress stompers:
2. Non-fat greek yogurt with banana
3. Plain oatmeal with blueberries
4. String cheese
5. Carrots and humus
6. Mini fat free pretzels and Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese wedge
7. Dried cranberries and almonds
8. Raspberries with dark chocolate chips
9. Multigrain crackers or toast with avocado
10. Celery sticks dipped in peanut butter