advertisement
27 March 2009

Beat stress eating

Do you crave sugary snacks and junk food after a long, hard day at work? Don't just blame poor willpower – your cravings could have a physiological basis.

0
Do you crave sugary snacks and junk food after a long, hard day at work? Don't just blame poor willpower – your cravings could have a physiological basis. These foods boost blood sugar levels and manipulate brain chemicals in such a way that more serotonin is produced (the "calm" chemical). Unfortunately, the mechanism could be disastrous in terms of weight management.

Take action:
Prevent low blood sugar by eating regular, small meals during the day; keep a store of low-energy snacks handy in your drawer at work; drink chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, or valerian herbal teas to soothe frazzled nerves during the day; small amounts of protein (cheese, eggs, chicken, meat) contain the amino acid tryptamine that can give you a boost when stress tires you out – take small portions to work; avoid refined starches like white bread, pasta, rice and potatoes; and eat fat-free foods so that you don’t run the risk of picking up weight.

Read more about the mechanisms involved instress eating.

 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Too Tired? »

20 signs of burnout Staying active reduces stress 10 ways to have a healthier work day

Why you're exhausted

Lost your mojo? Here are 5 surprising energy drainers, plus the easy fixes that will help put the pep back in your step!

Kick the habit »

Cancer doesn't make smokers to quit Non-smokers don't use e-cigs Hookah contains benzene

How South Africans quit smoking

We asked ex-smokers to share their secrets to successfully quitting smoking. Find out how they managed to kick the habit.