When you get too busy or stressed, it’s inevitable that you will make poor food choices that will actually increase stress and cause other problems. To get the most of your healthy eating and avoid stress, follow these simple tips.
Breakfast is a must
Even though you may think you aren’t hungry, you need to eat something. Skipping breakfast makes it harder to maintain the proper blood and sugar levels during the day, so you should always eat something. Try eating some whole wheat toast with peanut butter or steel cut oats with fresh fruit.
Pack a snack
Keeping some protein rich snacks in your car, office, or purse will help you avoid blood sugar level dips, the accompanying mood swings, and the fatigue. Trail mix, granola bars, and energy bars all have the nutrients you need. You can make your own mix at home with a variety of nuts and dried fruit too and avoid the sugary mixes available in stores.
If you like to munch when you’re stressed out, you can replace chips or other non healthy foods with carrot sticks, celery sticks, or even sunflower seeds. If you still want the crunchy, salty texture you can replace chips with pretzels or baked potato chips.
Pack a lunch
Although a lot of people prefer to eat fast food for lunch, you can save a lot of money and actually eat healthier if you take a few minutes and pack a lunch at home. Even if you only do this a few times a week, you’ll see a much better improvement over eating out. Prepping with a weekly menu will also help you stay on track and avoid fast foods and sugary snacks.
Stock your home
As important as it is to get the bad food out of your house, it’s even more important to get the good food in! The best way to do this is to plan a menu of healthy meals and snacks at the beginning of the week, list the ingredients you need, then go shop for it. This way, you’ll know what you want when you need it and you won’t have to stress over what to eat.
It’s important to understand that you can certainly battle stress with the foods you choose to eat. Having healthy choices at home will help with snack attacks and keeping some in your purse, car or at work will also help. Make the effort today to make your own meals and choose healthy snacks and your stress levels will decrease dramatically.