Like it or not, we're headed into a stressful time of year. No matter how awesome Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are (and they are awesome!), they can also create plenty of stress. You might be worried about hosting, what to eat during the holiday, or how to avoid gaining weight. Or maybe you're feeling social or financial stress. Whatever type of stress you're feeling, it's not good for you. After all, stress takes a toll on more than just your mental well being. And remaining in an almost constant state of stress can lead to overeating, making it harder to lose weight as well as belly fat. When I'm stressed, it really does seem easier to grab prepackaged comfort food. So I keep healthy whole foods on hand, and I often reach out to a family member or friend to chat out my feelings. How do you bring your stress level from a ten to a one?
How Constantly Feeling Stressed May Affect Your Weight
Your body pays when you're on constant high alert. Hormones get out of whack, and listening to your natural hunger and satiety cues becomes much more difficult. Learn to identify your triggers in my article for EverydayHealth.com so you can get back on track with your weight-loss or weight-maintenance goals!
The Ultimate Diet Plan for a Happier, Less-Stressed You
Are you tired (literally!) of being stressed out all of the time? Change your course with a few healthy foods that you can eat every day to prevent and reduce stress. I share my favorite calming tips with EverydayHealth.com. There are plenty of soothing foods to choose from!
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Wild Blueberry Lavender Smoothie
Just thinking about lavender can be calming, but sniffing or eating it can really relax you. Add some of the flower to your morning smoothie! Sometimes all it takes is a healthy and colorful treat to brighten your day and put some skip back into your step.
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