Break the cycle
All the good intentions in the world can fall by the wayside when stress enters the picture, and you’re reaching for that chocolate bar faster than you can say ‘Arrgh’. A recent study found that stressed people reach for foods out of habit – regardless of how healthy or unhealthy they are. But replacing the stress-eating habit with long, deep breaths will be much better for your sanity – and your waistline. Our bodies are programmed to shut down digestion when we’re stressed, so anything you eat will sit in the stomach and intestine far too long and could cause problems. Getting away from the source of your stress (the phone, computer, room full of people) and taking a few deep breaths, will switch your nervous system into an optimal mode for digestion. Now you can eat!