Our modern pace of life, work, and daily concerns can very easily lead us to feel stressed and anxious. And more often than not, when we are anxious or show any symptoms of these conditions, we turn to food as a refuge to feel better and calm down. It is in that moment that food can become our worst enemy: we consume unnecessary calories and then we feel guilty for having consumed them. It becomes a vicious circle that is hard to break free from, but fortunately, there are some easy solutions.
1. Chew gum
Chewing gum is a very effective treat when it comes to reducing stress. When you start feeling restless or upset, you can chew sugarless gum to help you stay calm and focused. Also, according to this study, chewing sugar-free gum can reduce your daily calorie intake, while at the same time increasing the amount of energy we burn every day. That’s good news!
2. Drink tea
Infusions can be powerful allies when it comes to tricking our brains into believing that we’re not hungry. Every time you feel anxious and want to run to open the refrigerator, opt for making yourself a relaxing tea instead. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but you will also be able to hydrate your body and eliminate toxins. Most importantly, you will feel satisfied, which is exactly what we’re looking for here. You can try an infusion of lemon leaves and basil, which has an anti-stress effect, or red tea, which is an antioxidant and helps control your appetite.
3. Say no to stimulant drinks
Coffee, and any type of beverage containing caffeine, are known to be enemies of anything related to calmness and relaxation. This substance (which is usually combined with sugar) increases the amount of adrenaline present in your body and enhances the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Then, a vicious circle is triggered: you feel more stressed and want to eat more. That’s why, instead of having breakfast with coffee or drinking a soda with lunch, it’s better to choose a cup of tea or a glass of lemonade.