No matter if you’re cramming for a final exam or preparing for lunch with your mother-in-law, try these tips about healthy eating for stress management. Something as simple as changing your eating habits can help you survive an all-nighter or meet a difficult deadline at work. Here are a couple ways to keep your eating habits in check while stressed.
The Different Types of Stress Eaters
There are two types of stress eaters— people that overeat and people that don’t eat enough. No matter which category you fall into, the best way to prepare for a long week—or night— of work is to hit the grocery store before things get hectic.
If you stress overeat, buy healthy and simple snack foods like cereal, hummus, or almonds to satisfy food cravings. By having your fridge fully stocked, you won’t have to resort to grabbing unhealthy foods packed with empty calories. Resist the temptation to order copious amounts of Chinese Food.
If you have a tendency to eat less while stressed, you need to schedule your meals. Set a timer on your phone that reminds you to eat every two hours, or make plans to cook dinner with a friend. Not only does your brain need calories to function, but taking a small break to prepare a meal can help you destress and refocus your energy on working. You’ll feel better mentally and physically after eating, and ready to conquer whatever lies in front of you.
Healthy Eating for Stress Management
Black Beans and Rice
Together rice and beans make a complete protein, which provides all the amino acids the body needs. Add some diced tomatoes and avocado on top for a nutritious, tasty meal.
There’s nothing like a plate of warm pasta to make you feel like everything is going to be okay. Heat creamy sauce in a pan while cooking whole wheat pasta in boiling water. Throw in some broccoli and add grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for protein.
All you have to do is heat a pre-made veggie patty on a pan and eat it on a healthy, wheat bun or bread. Melted cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and other veggies make delicious additions.
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