Monday, March 17, 2014

Is “Comfort Food” Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts (what to do if you eat when stressed)?

Dr. Andrew Weil, an American medical doctor and naturopath, distributes a daily newsletter addressing a wide variety of health issues. This post discusses his take on eating when stressed or anxious.

If you are prone to eating when stressed or suffering from anxiety, understand that your “comfort food” may help soothe you, but can ultimately make you feel worse (and weigh more).

Consider Dr. Weil’s guidelines and some alternatives to eating that are worth exploring

  1. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine when stressed. These can heighten or prolong your anxiety and worsen its side effects.
  2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This can help quell the pangs of an empty stomach and promote a healthy digestive system.
  3. Keep your blood sugar levels stable by eating several small, nutritious meals rather than three large ones.
  4. Make sure your meals or snacks incorporate omega-3 fatty acids. Include walnuts, Alaskan salmon and freshly ground flaxseed in your diet.
  5. When eating, take out one portion and then close and put away the package. Leaving it open on the counter leads to continued munching.
  6. Incorporate foods rich in magnesium, which helps relax muscles, into your diet. True whole grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts and seeds are good sources.
  7. Be aware of your eating habits. If you find yourself eating to combat stress, limit yourself to small portions, enough so you can savor the taste or texture. Then go for a walk or practice meditating: both are proven, healthier ways to address stress.

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