We’re entering week 5 of the nutrition challenge. The end is really in sight now! Up to this point, we’ve chatted about macronutrients, portion sizing, proper mindset, and balancing nutrition in the real world. Today, I want to talk about something that might not seem obviously related – stress.
Everyone has moments of weakness where they end up making a choice they later regret. Maybe yours is peer pressure, and you wish you wouldn’t have ordered that dessert like everyone else at the table. Or, maybe you tend to make poor choices when you’re tired. Everyone’s trigger is slightly different, but no one is bulletproof.
One of the most common triggers we see? Stress.
You know the feeling. You wake up late. It’s a big day at work, and you still have to get the kids off to school. The dog (trying to be helpful, no doubt) barfs on the floor. Suddenly, you’re running 30 minutes late on a day when you don’t have 30 minutes to spare. Which of the following likely describes breakfast?
A) Eat a home-cooked breakfast at home
B) Rush through McDonald’s trying to feed everyone in minimal time
Okay – maybe there’s a middle-ground, but you get the point. Stress is a real hurdle to overcome when we’re talking about nutrition. A few things are important to realize:
- Not all stress is bad (notice how we said “stay in balance” not “eliminate stress” in the title?)
- Everyone handles stress differently, and it’s important to understand how you specifically handle it
- There are techniques you can use to stay in balance
Let’s tackle each point in detail.