During periods of stress, you may notice increased food cravings, which may steer you toward unhealthy foods like sweets or potato chips. Besides increasing your waistline, indulging in foods made with refined sugars and unhealthy fats when you are feeling stressed may actually increase your anxiety and stress. Make healthy food choices to avoid unintentionally increasing your stress levels. Healthy meals and snacks also help you feel full longer and may help regulate your mood and energy levels.
Foods that may LOWER stress:
- Whole grains
- Fatty Fish
- Citrus fruit
- Leafy greens
Foods that may INCREASE stress
- Refined sugar from foods like cookies and cakes
Read through The Ultimate Expert-Approved Diet Plan for a Happier, Less-Stressed You from Everyday Health for more information on how foods can affect your stress levels. While you are there, be sure to scroll down the page to check out their 14-Day Sample Stress-Buster Menu and Tips for Eating During Times of Stress.
Weigh-ins and Support Resources
Remember, the Spare Tire Contest is a journey; stay positive and stay on track by submitting your weight online each week through the links in the weekly email sent to all participants. Weigh-in links and additional support resources are also available from your work location, on the Knowledge Center HR > Spare Tire page.
Be sure to check in with your doctor before making changes to your current diet or starting a new exercise routine. For more details on the contest, visit the Spare Tire page.