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Stress and Nutrition

Stress and NutritionGood nutrition is important for your physical health as well as your emotional well-being. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to eat well when foods with poor nutrition are often cheap and convenient. It can also be hard to figure out what is nutritious and what is not. Here are some common tips for better eating:

  • Know your numbers — Ask your doctor how many calories your body needs based on age, gender, and activity level. You can also find recommendations in the books or Internet sites listed below.
  • Follow the food pyramid — This emphasizes eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). These foods are rich in complex carbohydrates, contain lots of fiber and vitamins, and are low in fat and cholesterol.
  • Eat smaller portions — Moderation is the key to healthy eating, especially if you don't want to give up certain foods. Instead, consider eating smaller amounts of foods which hold little nutritional value and may even be harmful over the long run.
  • Do not skip meals — Many people believe that if they do not eat a meal, they are saving themselves the calories that they would have eaten. On the contrary, people who skip meals will often snack more or eat more at other meals, making up the difference. In addition, you may even make worse choices regarding what you eat because you're so hungry.
  • Eat slowly — This allows your body time to feel full since it may take up to 20 minutes for people to receive a signal from their stomach that they are full.
  • Pay attention — Minimize distractions while eating (TV, radio) and be more aware of what, how much, and how fast you are eating.
  • Be careful about stress and eating — People often eat in response to stress. This may provide short-term comfort and distraction, but the food choices made are often poor. Try something else to reduce stress, such as any exercise, hobby, or activity you enjoy or perhaps just talking with a friend or loved one.

Helpful Books

  • E at, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard School Medical Guide to Healthy Eating. Walter Willett and P. J. Skerrett.
  • American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Roberta Larson Duyff and ADA.

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