Stress eating is a very real concern for a lot of people, and it gets worse as the temperatures drop and you start craving hearty, fatty comfort foods. An expert dietician is spilling her top tips on keeping the pounds off below.
Unhealthy patterns and emotional eating can lead to weight gain, and can lower your self esteem. But there are tips and tricks you can use to keep mindless snacking and stress eating out of your life. Read tips from a Selvera dietician below.
Amanda Foti, a licensed Dietician from Selvera, a weight management program that helps you lose weight and keep it off with personalized counseling, tells HollywoodLife.com:
“Stress can certainly have an effect on our food choices. If you’re increasingly craving unhealthy foods or experiencing an odd level of desire to eat, you may want to check in on your stress levels. Life is stressful, it happens, so better to plan for it and be prepared.”
Here’s what to do.
Stress Eating — How To Change Emotional Eating Patterns
Amanda offers the following steps:
“When you feel you are stress eating:
1. Identify your emotions in the moment.
2. Recognize if you are physically hungry or not.
3. If you are, have a healthy snack alternative on hand ready to go that will also satisfy your craving.
Craving sweets? Choose a flavored Greek yogurt or cool whip with berries.
Craving salty? Grab some whole wheat pita chips and hummus.
Craving crunchy? Have some air popped popcorn.
Craving savory? Try a scoop of almond butter. (Try Justin’s Almond Butter — Kim Kardashian is a fan.)
4. For the times you realize you are not physically hungry, brain storm stressed reducers that will do the trick in the moment.
Remove yourself from the situation for 10 minutes, get outside and go for a walk.
Distract yourself for 10 minutes and call up a friend and catch up.
Practice deep breathing exercises and quick meditation techniques.
Create a zen-like state with a repetitive activity: knitting or repeating the word “calm.”
Listen to your favorite song.
Short term benefits? You won’t experience that post-consumption guilt. Long term benefits? You’ll have established healthy habits even in challenging, emotional times. This will make you feel confident going into any situation.”
Do you struggle with emotional eating, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas