Stress Eating? Here’s Why We Snack When We’re Stressed — And Foods That Help

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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.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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