Stress can affect the way you eat. Our emotions can put our appetite and proper eating habits on the line.
Eating too fast, skipping meals such as breakfast or eating heavy dinners have become regular practices of modern day life. These changes in lifestyle that many people are living lead to nutritional deficiencies as the body does not receive the amounts of the different food groups that it needs, or ends up mostly receiving the fats or carbohydrates that fast food is so full of.
Similarly, high levels of stress also affect one’s appetite. When people’s worries lead to stress, many people do not feel like eating or go to the other extreme of eating too much.
In response to these changes in our eating habits, the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) first recommends finding the root of the stress one encounters to be able to reduce its impact on the body. It also emphasizes eating certain foods that have been recognized for how efficient they are at fighting some of the effects of high stress. Foods rich in beta-carotene such as carrots, fruits that are yellowish in color (such as oranges and mandarins), and green vegetables strengthen an immune system that is negatively affected by stress. When stress is ongoing, it is important to include fish, chicken, lean meats, turkey, eggs or milk, as the body’s demand for protein is much greater.
To make sure you get the recommended amount of five meals a day, avoid eating junk foods and schedule your mealtimes.