Does stress drive you to overeat when you are not actually hungry? Do you turn to food when you are bored or need comfort? If so, you may be a stress eater.
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Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress – a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
Here are 5 snack ideas to combat stress and help you to not overindulge on excessive foods:
1. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber and protein. They also contain high levels of iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Take 1 cup of chickpeas, lightly coat them with coconut oil, then toss them with some salt and pepper or your favorite spices. Throw them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until crispy. Enjoy, totally guilt-free!
2. Veggies & Dip
Veggies will fill you up with good, healthy fiber. Guacamole or hummus will give you healthy fats and help you feel full longer.
3. Seltzer With Sliced Fruit
Oftentimes, dehydration is mistaken for hunger. Take some seltzer or club soda and add a few slices of lime for some refreshing, bubbly joy.
Celery with almond butter and raisins will give you a dose of energizing carbs, filling fiber, powerful protein and fat.
5. Dark Chocolate Almonds
Eating dark chocolate may help to reduce stress hormones. With the added benefits of fiber, protein and fats, this is a great snack for reducing stress. 1oz a day is great for reducing stress hormones.
So, the next time you are feeling stressed out and you want to eat a whole pizza and beer, try making a few of these easy snacks and then you will not feel guilty for overindulging on junk foods.
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