Finding Balance: Nutrition and stress

Week 6: The food-mood connection


When it comes to stress, what you eat – or don’t eat – matters. Some people cope with stress by overeating, eating unhealthy foods, or both. On the other hand, some may find themselves skipping meals because they’re pressed for time.

One reason it’s hard to make healthy food choices when you’re stressed is that stress makes your brain crave comfort foods like burgers and fries.* Try stocking your kitchen or office with healthy options like berries or mixed nuts – tasty choices that actually make you feel better.

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* Silvia U. Maier, et al., “Acute Stress Impairs Self-Control in Goal-Directed Choice by Altering Multiple Functional Connections within the Brain’s Decision Circuits,” Neuron, August 5, 2015, pp.621-631.

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