I’ve had many clients come to me frustrated because they have a health/fitness/wellness goal but then there’s a candy bowl at work or they’re on the go and feel forced to just grab something that is comforting and quick but it’s not supporting their goals.
Have you faced this challenge yourself? Do you ever find that you want to grab junk, chocolate, or something that is readily available? How do you eat when you’re stressed out? Does that support your overall health, fitness, and wellness goals?
I like to explore and ask the question of WHY – why is it that in that moment you decided to eat the candy or grab the food that is not ultimately supporting your goals? Was it for comfort? Was it to battle stress?
If the cause is comfort in the moment, I take a functional approach to helping change habits around how we respond to stress and/or comfort-seeking in foods. Here’s some great info on stress-reducing (cortisol-fighting), anti-inflammatory foods:
- http://bit.ly/2qFga87 – Great info on how to reduce stress with foods, exercise, herbs, and other methods like acupuncture, nature/outdoors, breathing, essential oils, and sleep.. (these are alternatives to emotional eating/comfort eating)
- http://bit.ly/2hBQyls – “10 Best Foods to Eat for Stress” published by Mercola. A good fermented “food,” or drink, rather, would be kombucha – have you had it? (It’s quite tasty and I find it deliciously satisfying to drink J); blueberries, pistachios, seeds, avocado; then it also goes into why sugar, gluten, and processed foods don’t help with stress, which, of course we knew, but it’s interesting to understand more deeply and specifically why!
What has been your experience? Do you have a further question about this? Please share and let’s have a conversation! And if you’re curious to explore how I could help you personally, please reach out to me. As a holistic personal trainer, I’m here to help you to work with your life variables to create sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle change that supports the health, fitness, and overall wellness you desire!