Eat foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds such as unsaturated fatty acids (like rawas and tuna), antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids (like dark chocolate, green leafy vegetables, bright-coloured peppers and even wine). These foods have anti-oxidants whichare great for reducing inflammation.(1)
Eating at home generally increases the likelihood that you will have a healthy diet because you have control over the ingredients in your meals. One way to make it easier to eat a healthy diet is to keep fresh nutritious foods on hand. You can also eat frozen or dried fruits such as nuts along with cereals to add fibre in to your diet.(1,4)
While stress can sometimes make it harder for us to be active, it is more important than ever to exercise when feeling stressed. Physical activity releases endorphins, reduces adrenaline and cortisol levels, helping to decrease mental stress. Endorphins are the chemicals in the brain that give runners their “runner’s high” and allow your body to relax.(1,5)
A recent study showed that inadequate sleep alters the secretion of hunger-promoting hormones, causing you to feel hungrier and therefore, overeat. This is one reason we may overeat when stressed and sleep deprived. Aim for seven to eight hours each night(1,6).
Ever get the jitters from too much caffeine? Research shows caffeine can actually worsen your stress response so while a little coffee may be help you stay awake on those drowsy work-day mornings; your body will thank you for choosing your water bottle over your coffee cup in the afternoon.(1)
It’s important to remember not to be discouraged though. Maintaining a healthy diet and breaking bad habits will take its due time. What’s important is that we stay on track and don’t lose focus(1).