This story is from our friends at Tone It Up! We’ll be sharing Tone It Up’s best fitness and healthy living tips every month. In today’s post, Karena and Katrina will be giving you some tips and tricks for how to curb that urge to snack when you’re feeling stressed out. Keep reading for their healthful and helpful tips!
Hey everyone! It’s Karena and Katrina here from Tone It Up. The next two months are a busy time of year. With holidays, visiting family, dinners, finals and work projects all on the horizon, it’s no wonder many of us feel stressed during the fall and winter season. We’ve seen a lot of you ask about stress snacking, and today we’re sharing our top ways to deal. Whether you’re reaching for sweets late at night or finding yourself mindlessly munching throughout the day, these seven tips will help!
The first step towards reducing unhealthy, stress-related cravings is to eat nourishing foods that give your body exactly what it needs to thrive. If you’re following your Tone It Up Nutrition Plan you know how important it is to fuel your body throughout the day. This keeps you energized while helping your metabolism and blood sugar levels stay stabilized.
That said, here are seven additional ways to cope when feeling the urge to stress snack…
Making your morning workout a priority helps keep stress at bay, so be sure to log in that hour of activity. Also, find time to move throughout the day. Do some lunges or take a minute to dance to your favorite song. Trust us, this works! Find our follow along, do-anywhere routines here.
Drink Something Warm
Having a cup of tea or veggie broth is ultra soothing and it’s a great way to relax your body. Broth is good for helping you avoid snacking before dinner, and herbal tea is a great anytime—it can help you unwind while curbing your sweet tooth. Even the act of simply holding a warm mug can help you decompress. Always be sure to have a tasty herbal blend on hand like our Perfect Fit Tea, especially during these cooler months.
Try this: Breathe in for five counts. Hold your breath for the five counts. Exhale for five counts. Then repeat ten times. This helps bring mental clarity by boosting oxygen flow to the brain. It also helps to tell your body to de-stress, therefore allowing you to re-center and listen to what your body is telling you.
Write It Out
Grab a journal or your laptop and just let it flow. Whatever you’re feeling or thinking, let it all come out. This eases stress by allowing you to release your emotions, and it’s surprisingly helpful!
Take a YOU Break
For 10 minutes, just press pause on whatever is running through your mind. Those worries can wait while you de-stress. Open up your favorite magazine or inspirational book, watch a funny YouTube video, paint your nails, play with your pet, or occupy yourself with anything you love to do! In a time crunch? Set a timer and let the clock worry for you.
Change Your Environment
No time to go for a walk or take a break? That’s okay. Just change your environment. If you’re studying in the library, change seats. If you’re driving, take a different route. Switching up the scenery forces your brain to think differently, which can veer your mind away from the urge to snack.
Reach for Magnesium-Rich Foods
Magnesium is an essential mineral every organ in our body needs. It helps improve fatigue, headaches, and inflammation, which are all common side effects of stress. The best, natural sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds like flaxseed, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.
If you’re truly craving something sweet, salty, crunchy or comforting, it’s definitely okay to satisfy your cravings! Take a look here for our list of healthy ingredient swaps.
What are your tried and true tricks for coping with stress snacking?
Let us know in the comments below!
XO Team LC
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