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Stress eating is real and can become a real problem. I don’t know about you, but every time I am stressing out, I open my fridge and my pantry to look for something sweet …
But after doing the whole 30 last year, I realized that I had an addiction problem with sugar. I mean 24 hours without sweets made me feel like I was severely hungover and I got a headache for two weeks …
The past few months I have been trying to eat healthier, to be honest, it’s still a work in progress since it takes time to create new habits.
I am at a better place than I was a year from now, but I still have moments of relapse and will eat not so healthy food for a week or two. When this happens I just let it be, I want to create healthy habits and not feels like I’m forcing myself on a diet.
But there’s one thing that has been difficult for me: Sugar cravings when I am stressed.
So I wanted to share with you what has been working so far.
1. Exercise in the morning
Exercising in the morning will help you create happy chemicals in your brain, which I think helps reduce stress and anxiety during the day.
Is it easier to say than do right?
I’m still trying to figure out how to do this the best way. First I was thinking about driving to the gym in the morning before starting my workday. But honestly, when I wake up, I don’t have the strength …
So I am starting to get into this routine slowly by doing my workout at home. I use the app BodBot, and you can quickly switch between a gym and home workout.
My goal is to get used to workout in the morning at home, so I can make it easier to go to the gym where I will be able to do a wider variety of exercises.
Creating a routine can be difficult, especially when it’s with something like exercising, so my tip here is to take baby steps.
2. remove temptations
Removing temptations is the most critical step of the process, you need to get rid of all of the sweets in your home and stop buying chocolate. I’m not saying that you need to be done with it forever.
Instead, you should enjoy these when you are going out or celebrating something at home, like a birthday, graduation, etc.
This way you are in a controlled environment, and it makes it easier to stay away from sugar when you are stressed out. Plus you enjoy it, even more, when you go out or have a party.
The only problem is the leftovers after a party. Which I usually end up eating within the next days. And it’s okay once in a while. Remember we are not on a diet, we are trying to create long-term healthy habits!
3. Drink tea
So what should you do when you have sugar cravings? Make yourself a tea. This way you are still distracting yourself from what worries you, and you get to put something in your belly.
My go-to teas are:
When I make my weekly grocery shopping list, I always add one or two healthy snacks to help me eat something for when I am stressed and tea is not enough.
Because if I am stressed out and don’t find anything to snack on, it can get really bad and I won’t be able to focus on anything.
Right now I usually get crab sticks and fruits.
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Over to you
How do you deal with stress eating? Share your tips in the comments!
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