A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances is referred to as “stress”. A wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress, mainly for the purpose of improving everyday functioning is considered “stress management”. Here Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD, Appforhealth.com, reflects on article written by dietetic intern, Minchau Tran, on strategies to manage stress eating:
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“With a non-stop schedule and calendar that is double and triple-booked your precious time, it’s common to feel anxious, stressed and overwhelmed. Problem is, all that stress may be harmful for your health. There are different kinds of stress; such as mental and physical stress on your body. Both have the risk of affecting your health.
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Stress can raise your cortisol levels, which is known as a key stress hormone. When there is excess amount of cortisol in your body, the desire to eat sweet and salty foods increases which can lead to weight gain and excess body fat. While it may be natural to reach for “comfort” food when you’re stressed, that will ultimately make your stress level worse. Those with high cortisol level are reported to snack more often in response to daily stressors. Eating to manage stress can ultimately lead to decreased mental health, poor eating and binge eating and a low-quality diet. Stress eating can also harm your health by increasing:
- Risk of Depression
- Weight Gain
- High Blood Sugar
- High Blood Pressure
- Digestive Problems
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Instead of eating, here are seven ways to manage stress and naturally lower your cortisol levels:
Know your hunger cues. Listening to your body can help you understand if you are actually physical hungry or just having emotional hunger. Some signs that you are physically hungry are; having no negative emotions involved with eating, having a sensation of fullness, and having a signal to stop eating.”
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