The Stress Eating Struggle is Real: Here’s how to Eat Healthy at Home
Yesterday we joked in our headline about stress eating. Well, we weren’t entirely joking. We do our best to eat a nutritious diet to support our mental and physical health.
But, it feels near impossible to work from home and not constantly bust out all the delicious Trader Joe’s snacks that are supposed to last us for two weeks.
So, here are a few tips to eat healthier and make those snacks last longer than two days:
Try a Time-Restricted Diet
One thing that works amazingly well for us is to have a window of time to eat throughout the day. Some people call this intermittent fasting. The idea is to restrict the time you eat to an 8 hour period: say 11 AM – 7 PM.
This makes it easier for you to schedule meals and plan ahead. It also has some unbelievable health benefits. Intermittent fasting has been linked to improved heart health, lower cholesterol, reduced cancer risk, and longer lifespan.
Pair Comfort Food with Healthy Sides
There’s nothing like a hearty lasagna to take your mind off things. We’ve found that planning out healthy sides with our meals helps us find balance and feel good about what we eat, while also allowing us to enjoy it! Aim for lots of greens; broccoli, asparagus, spinach or salad all go really well with that lasagna.
Often times when we feel like ripping into a bag of chips, our bodies are actually just thirsty. Try making some homemade flavored water to encourage yourself to drink more. We love to use lemons and strawberries; it makes us feel like we’re on vacation.
Check yourself for 20 minutes
When you feel like having a snack set a timer for 20 minutes. Distract yourself by writing, going for a walk, getting some work done or *ahem* reading your favorite newsletter. This lets you see if your body is actually hungry or if you’re just reaching for snacks out of boredom.