When we feel stressed, the first thing we often do is reach for the snacks. So what are some healthy options when we fall into this habit? Theresa Albert shows us.
When stressed, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol's job is to store and move fat around the body. It also cues your brain to want to eat
We can beat the urge for junk food by fueling with these three food groups that will help calm our nerves.
- protein, complex carbs
- lean meat, fish
- fresh cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower
- whole grains
- barley & millet
- brown rice
With knowledge of these three food groups, Theresa also suggests the following three tips to help manage our bodies' stress:
- Manage your blood sugar level
- Give the brain the good fats to turn off hunger messages and ease depression
- Give the body the food it needs to make serotonin (feel good brain chemical)