Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – During the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, many turned to food, which helped them cope with these harsh conditions.
But while it’s true that eating calories can help calm or even numb your anxiety, too much won’t make you feel better in the long run.
“There is a lot of group anxiety right now, which can give way to more emotional eating,” said Seijn Darbinian, an eating disorder specialist.
Consuming excess calories in a single session can also lead to decreased energy, bloating, stomach pain, and weight gain over time. The same can be said of drinking beverages.
The key is to find strategies that help you eat what you like and also make you feel better. Here are 6 ways to deal with stress during this time.
1. Don’t overdo it
Yes, you can enjoy a piece of donut or ice cream. However, limit the amount you eat.
2. Divide your snacks in advance
Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix explained that if you have trouble controlling portion sizes, you can try putting small portions of chips and pastries in small bags, which can naturally help you avoid eating in larger quantities.
3. Choose comfortable food
And a vegetarian based diet isn’t just delicious; But it will improve your health.
Sharon Palmer, a dietician and author of “Plant-Powered for Life,” said in a previous interview that research consistently shows that plant-based diets are associated with lower risks of obesity, hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
4. Give your meals a nutritional boost
Even if you don’t cook regularly, you can still give your snacks a nutritional boost. And if you can’t give up on pasta (and who really can?), Switch to lentil or hummus pasta instead of regular pasta, which increases fiber and protein.
And when it comes to desserts, if you like ice cream, add antioxidant-rich berries or chopped mango on top. And if you like chocolate, mix it with some fruit by putting berries, kiwi or apple slices in melted chocolate.
5. Take some time for tea
And drinking tea can help relieve stress. Green tea in particular contains less caffeine than coffee and is a rich source of the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, and also contains the amino acid theanine, which can help reduce stress and promote a feeling of calm.