Finals week is upon us and the lack of time and amount of stress makes it easy for us to make poor eating choices, such as going out and getting that cheeseburger, french fries, and soda. According to DoSomething.org, it was found that the healthiness of our food choices decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes during the day. My theory on this statistic is that as the day progresses our brains get tired making it is easier for us to make poor eating choices rather than making healthier choices. During finals week, or any time you are stressed, our brains are tired and are concerned with other things so it is easier for us to make poor eating choices.
In order to make healthy eating choices easier during times of stress, keep junk food out of the kitchen. Out of sight, out of mind. I usually batch cook during finals week so there is little clean up and all I have to do is heat up whatever it is that I have made for that week. This makes eating out less tempting because the healthy food is already there and ready to go. I also keep a lot of peppermint tea, fruit, and yogurt around for snacking. These foods keep me more focused and I feel a lot better physically and mentally. These healthy choices also help keep my self-esteem in tact. Knowing that I made a healthy eating choice rather than an unhealthy one helps lower some of my overall stress whereas making a poor food choice may create more stress.
I hope that this inspire you to make healthy eating choices during times of stress.