Even those with healthy habits can get visions of brownies when stress creeps in — so don't feel alone when cravings hit during a big deadline at work or a nasty break-up.
Craving"comfort foods" is normal when you are feeling anxious or blue — and sometimes you might even be eating foods unconsciously during tough times. However, emotional eating is not going to reduce stress or solve issues, and it may hamper your set goals.
Food can also be a welcome distraction during times of stress. For instance, going out for pizza might seem like a better solution than emotionally dealing with a fight with your best friend. However, you must know that when you get back from the restaurant, your stressful situation will still be there.
Whatever your emotions may be during this time, there is good news — physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety! Most people know that getting a move on is good for your heart — but few know it is also great for your mind and spirit. According to Harvard Medical School, exercise can reduce your levels of stress hormones.
Next time you are faced with a stressful situation, yoga or meditation could also be a healthy outlet for your anxious feelings. If getting a move on still doesn't help, make sure you seek support through friends and family.
Even if you happen to indulge in emotional eating — wake up and start fresh the next day! Learning from your experience and having a positive attitude can help you make a plan to avoid these cravings in the future.