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Life can get complicated. We have projects due at work, bills to pay, kids to raise, and just an overall busy schedule that causes plenty of stress. There are many ways we cope with stress, one of those including eating. And sometimes, too much eating. With a pile on our plates (both metaphorically and figuratively), it may cause unhealthy habits and turn into poor health, which is something many of us may not realize.
To break the unhealthy habit, it’s important to understand why we do it. We spoke to the experts on the reason for our stress eating and they offered advice on foods to eat to help prevent it.
Fruits and vegetables
Eating a balanced diet and getting nutrients into your body is important in your everyday health, so it’s no surprise that foods like fruits and vegetables can help curb your stress eating.
“Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which takes longer for your body to digest, thus making you feel full for longer periods,” says Serena Poon CN, CHC, CHN, Certified Nutritionist, Celebrity Chef & Longevity Wellness Expert at Serena Loves. “They’re also packed with essential vitamins and minerals which your body needs to function properly. Lack of these nutrients can sometimes increase feelings of stress and anxiety.”
Poon says that trying fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, oranges, or baby carrots may help to decrease snacking and overeating.