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5 HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES TO STRESS-EATING

Posted on July 27 2016

Do you find yourself struggling to eat healthy when you are stressed or exhausted? How do you usually cope?

1. Be prepared

Always make sure to have healthy food prepared and available for moments of need. By always having healthy options available to you, you're less likely to get something easy and convenient that may not be as nutritious.

2. Find healthy alternatives

There's pretty much a healthy alternative for just about anything these days.

If you tend to crave chocolate, then perhaps you could make some avocado pudding or have some raw cacao nibs. If you tend to crave something crunchy or spicy, you could make sure to always keep some veggie sticks and salsa around.

Get creative and find healthier solutions for those things you tend to crave most.

3. Go for a walk

Sometimes when you're really stressed it's simply because you need to take a break. Get outside, practice yoga, soak up that vitamin D, and take a short walk to see if the food cravings subside. The change of scenery and moving your body can truly uplift your mood.

4. Stop over complicating things

Sometimes when we're trying to eat healthy, we want to try all of these new recipes or we feel like we have to eat a variety of different foods.

We often dread taking the time to chop those vegetables and actually cook a meal, but it doesn't have to be that complicated.

When you're feeling stressed or exhausted and you just don't want to cook, it's OK to just have a super-simple meal.

Heat up some frozen veggies and rice and put some hot sauce or soy sauce on it. You can make some avocado toast with seasonings to spice it up. Just eat whatever is simplest and easiest but still offers nutrients and nourishment to your body.

5. Write it out

Sometimes we bottle up our emotions and feelings, which can leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and alone. It can feel amazing to just let it all out and journal about your feelings, frustrations, or what you're grateful for.

If you prefer talking to someone, then get a coach, friend, or counselor and talk it out to release some of those built-up emotions. We all need to start acknowledging and honoring our feelings more so we can just move on without feeling the need to comfort ourselves with food.

Now, no more using the excuse that you are just too tired or stressed to eat healthy.

You don't have to eat perfectly in order to be healthy. Appreciate and acknowledge each healthy choice you make. It can be hard sometimes, but it's not impossible if you really desire to be healthy and live your best life.

 

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