Avoid Stress-Induced Eating

Do you reach for a snack when you’re stressed? Stress eating can sabotage your healthy eating goals. Here are some steps you can take to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track:

Identify your triggers.

When you feel overwhelmed, turning to sugary treats or high-calorie foods for comfort will only add to your stress. Learning your motives is key to controlling those cravings and changing your eating patterns.

Keep a food and mood diary.

Journaling is a great habit because it can reveal the connection between mood and food. Write down what, how much and when you’re eating, as well as how you feel before and after.

Exercise.

Working out is a great way to release frustration, anger or anxiety. You’ll burn calories and help manage cortisol, the stressed-induced hormone.

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