The Right Way to Eat Your Feelings
Negative feelings probably give you the urge to Bridget Jones a kilo of Cadbury chocolate, versus cosying up to a plate of steamed broccoli. It’s natural to crave crap food when you’re in a crap mood, since sweets and simple carbs cause your brain to release hits of feel-good chemicals, says Rachel Lustgarten, a clinical dietitian. Unfortunately, the high doesn’t last. Unhealthy grub also spikes your blood sugar, which then crashes, leaving you sluggish, hungry and no happier than you were before. Enter health coach Lindsey Smith, whose new book Eat Your Feelings shows how to curb outof-control emotional cravings with satisfying, healthy alternatives. Her philosophy? Feeding feelings such as stress, sadness and fatigue with solid, mood-boosting nutrients instead of garbage can quell your hankerings and soothe your emo attitude. Take a bite of her tasty advice.