Break the cy­cle

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH -

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!

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