April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress Eating – Exchanging Unhealthy Habits for Healthier Habits
Stress happens and, when it does, many people turn to chips, cookies or the candy and other junk food for comfort. At any given time, we have all turned to food to comfort us when we are dealing with a stressful situation. Whether you are looking to change one, two, or more bad habits, there are some basic principles to consider when it comes to navigating your way through the behavior change process. Registered dietitian Susan Bowerman offers the following tips for smoother sailing:
Create a meal plan. When you write out a detailed meal plan, it helps to firm up your commitment. When you create your menus, you can also map out how you’ll spend your calories. You can also use your menus to organize a detailed shopping list and meal prep for a few days at a time.
Eat five times a day. Plan to have three meals and two small snacks, and try to eat every 3-4 hours. It makes it easier to eat smaller portions at meals and snacks when you know you’ll be eating every few hours. Your snacks can be mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or evening—it’s up to you. If you have a busy schedule, you might want to consider meal replacement protein shakes, including Herbalife Formula 1 Roasted Peanut flavor, which contains 21 essential vitamins and minerals.
Eat more vegetables than fruits, eat more fruits than starches. Aim to get most of your carbohydrates from veggies and salads. Keep your fruit intake to just one or two servings per day and skip the starches. Vegetables have the fewest calories per bite, but they’re filling and nutritious, so load up on salads and cooked vegetables. Have your fruit as a snack or add it to your protein shakes.
Start every meal with a glass of water. A glass of water won’t necessarily fill you up very much, or for very long, but many people find that it does help. Many people do not drink as much fluid as they should, so starting each meal with a glass of water may help to establish this healthy habit.
While you might find it hard to incorporate all of these tips in one day, adopting one or two healthy habits weekly will get you on the path to a healthier and happier life.
For more nutrition tips and recipes by Susan visit DiscoverGoodNutrition.