When’s the last time you savored the juiciness of baked chicken? Delighted in the spiciness of some fresh-made salsa? Soaked in the tempting aroma of some hot-out-of-the-oven bread? This very practice—mindful eating—is often overlooked in our busy lives.
Food Mood Connection
Biological changes that can occur when your stress goes unmanaged play a big role in your health, but so does how stress affects your eating behaviors (which can cause you to overeat even healthy foods, leading to an intake of excess calories).
Emotional eating can be hard to catch in the moment, but learning some of the ways it can be distinguished from real hunger may help raise your awareness so that you can work to adopt new, more effective ways to attend to your feelings the next time around.
Many people don’t make the connection between being stressed out and the numbers on the scale. By understanding the link, and figuring out how to manage your worries, you might find it easier to achieve and maintain a weight that’s right for you.
Whether your stress is caused by overcommitting yourself, a never-ending to-do list or more serious matters at home or at work, a common theme is a lack of time and mental resources to make nutritious meals a priority. Pizza again? Sure. More slices than usual? Perhaps.