Top 10 Ways to De-Stress and Eat Less
Instead of comfort food, try these tips.
Do you turn to food whenever you're stressed out? Stress-related food
behaviors can be changed. Here are 10 tips to help you find better ways to deal
- Fit in fitness every day. Getting regular physical activity works
wonders in coping with stress. Give your stress to the pavement or the
treadmill and let it go from your body. Staying active in winter elevates your
mood and reduces stress.
- Enjoy natural sunlight, especially in the winter. It can be
depressing to be stuck indoors during the shortened days of winter, but a brisk
walk in the sunshine can be a real mood enhancer.
- Keep up your journal every day. Self-monitoring your food, fitness,
and emotional feelings is an excellent way to become more aware of your
triggers and behavioral patterns.
- Don't deprive yourself of enjoying the foods you love, for this only
leads to bingeing. Instead, plan to eat a small portion of the desired foods,
eat it slowly, and savor every mouthful.
- Set some ground rules about eating (such as only eat while seated,
no food after 9 p.m., no second helpings, etc.).
- Visit ourcommunity boards
regularly and let your friends and professional staff help you. Research has
shown that staying connected is one of the most important aspects of dealing
with stress and sticking to your eating plan.
- Identify the situations that cause overeating and develop a list of
how you will handle these challenges. Be realistic. Talk it over with your
buddies that face similar stressors to find realistic solutions that will help
you manage the stress.
- Relax. Give yourself 15 minutes each day of peace and quiet, a time
to be reflective, meditate, or simply unwind. Soaking in a hot bubble bath can
help release your troubles into thin air. Breaking free from the family, a
breath of fresh air, or escaping to a quiet room will energize and empower
- Be good to yourself. Have a list of motivational sayings that
inspire and strengthen your resolve. Use affirmations daily to help you feel
good about yourself and your mission to lose weight.
- Eat healthfully. Proper nutrition promotes health, well-being, and
rejuvenation, which in turn enhances your resilience to stress.