How to Combat Stress with Good Nutrition
You’re Never Too Busy for Good Nutrition
As we get busy and stressed, we tend to make poor nutritional choices that can actually increase our stress levels and cause other problems. We may do this because we're in a hurry and it's easier to grab pre-packaged food that may be less healthy or we may do this because we crave less healthy food when we're stressed. We may get so busy we forget to eat or skip meals, filling them in with unhealthy snack foods.
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Whatever the reason, when we eat an unhealthy diet, we may experience short-term and long-term consequences. We may feel less energetic, and this lack of energy can affect our productivity and stress levels. We may be less able to fight off sickness and this poor health can affect our quality of life and our stress levels. We may be short-tempered or overly-emotional and this can affect our relationships and our stress levels. If you've noticed a pattern, this is because nutrition can affect stress levels in so many ways.
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Here are tips for getting good nutrition and maintaining a healthier diet, even under stress:
- Eat Regularly;
- Opt for Green Tea;
- Carry a Snack;
- Brown Bag It; and
- No Caffeine After 2 pm.
Consider planning a menu of healthy meals and snacks at the beginning of each week, list the ingredients you’ll need and shop for everything once a week. That way you know you’ll have what you want when you need it, and you won’t have to stress over what to eat. After a few weeks, these tips will become habit and you won’t even have to think about good nutrition.
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