Do work, family or other circumstances have you feeling stressed? Does it bring inconsistency to your mood and energy levels? The root of the issue begins with stress hormones which can sabotage your health efforts when you’re stressed. Slight changes in your body chemistry brought about by occasional stress have the ability to disengage you mentally from your goals. Junk foods you may crave during these times (like processed, salty or sugary foods) that do not contain the proper nutrients can alter your mood, causing you to feel anxious and irritable all while depleting your energy.
I do my best to manage my occasional stress without involving food using natural remedies like herbal supplements and yoga. However, when I do notice I’m having a craving that doesn’t directly align with my nutritional goals, I will occasionally give in to the craving — in moderation of course! I don’t believe in cutting anything out of your diet if it doesn’t affect the ‘big picture’ of ones’ overall health. A half of a cookie or a bite of that carrot cake rather than the whole thing shuts my brain up and cuts the craving. I also like healthy treats — guilt free options sweetened with stevia with a high protein and high fiber count. Be sure to have a high-protein breakfast, which can help control the release of hormones that can cause snack cravings later on.
3 Alternative Options
Always get a good night’s sleep. If restful sleep is an issue for you, consider a Melatonin supplement. Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body that is closely involved in the natural sleep cycle.*
St. John’s Wort has been used for centuries as a tonic and helps to promote mental well-being and a peaceful mood for anyone experiencing occasional anxiety and everyday stress.*
A phytochemical also found in Japanese green tea, L-Theanine is an amino acid that can be absorbed into the brain and interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyrate) to help support a healthy mood.