Suara.com – Stress has a big influence on a person’s ability to eat well. However, irregular eating can also cause more stress, mood swings, and worsening health.
“The most important nutritional aspect is that you have enough to eat. The stress response can reduce appetite, but that doesn’t change our need for food,” said Rachael Hartley, a nutritionist.
But, there are some simple solutions so that you can eat healthy foods even when you are stressed, as reported by Insider:
1. Make a schedule and obey
Nutritionist Brigitte Zeitlin and owner of BZ Nutrition recommend making eating routines. According to him, this will help you remember to keep eating consistently even though you’re losing your appetite.
“Humans are naturally more comfortable when there are limits. Patterns in your daily life will help naturally reduce stress and anxiety, and add a little self-care,” he said.
2. Do not open social media before breakfast
Zeitlin recommends avoiding all types of activities associated with gadget during the first 30 to 45 minutes after waking up. Instead, drink water and eat healthy food at breakfast.
“Don’t skip breakfast, it’s not negotiable,” Zeitlin said.
3. Plan snacks
Make plans for lunch about 4 hours after breakfast, then a healthy afternoon snack, followed by dinner, so you eat regularly for about three to 4 hours.
Hartley said that regular eating time is important both mentally and physically.
4. Enter the intake of some protein, carbohydrates, and fat in each food
Experts recommend focusing on nutrition, especially the balance of macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates, and protein) when you eat.
“If you make sure you get protein when you eat, you will be fine,” Zeitlin said.
5. Stay hydrated
An important part of nutrition is enough drinking. If you want it fresher, Zeitlin suggests adding freshly squeezed orange or fruit juice to your drinking water.
You can also drink tea. This type of drink contains antioxidants that are good for the body.