Why Coping with Stress is Better Than Eating It

August 1, 2017
Celery, carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes all lined up
If you’re someone who looks for calm and comfort at the bottom of a pint of ice cream, you’re not alone. A recent Stress in America survey found more than one in three adults reporting overeating, or unhealthful eating, in response to stress over the course of a month. Nearly half of that group admitted that stress eating was a weekly occurrence, or even more frequent. Those who regularly overindulge face increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems.

Adding inches to injury, your body stores more fat when you’re stressed than when you’re relaxed. To manage stress, rather than feed it, try these strategies:

Eat crunchy raw veggies.

Don’t skip meals.

Drink water throughout the day.

Get plenty of sleep.

Be with family and friends.

Limit alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, and sodium.

Be mindful.


So next time you feel stressed, instead of reaching for that pint of ice cream, consider opting for one of the above options instead.

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