Weekly Wisdom

Topic 7:

HANDLING STRESS WITHOUT FOOD

Stress is not just a bump on the weight loss road; it can be a sinkhole! Having a coping strategy for stressful times in your life will be critical to you having a successful journey. Unfortunately, there is no solution for completely removing stress from our lives. We can only reduce stress or change the way we react to it.

Do you often say that you are too stressed right now to think about healthy eating? Eating unhealthily actually makes your life more stressful in the long run. You can manage stress eating if you pause before making a poor food decision and ask yourself this simple question: “If I eat this food to soothe my stress, will it make my situation better or worse?” The honest answer is worse. Stress eating leads to 3 problems:

1. Your original stressful situation becomes worse
2. Feeling guilty and with no control
3. Gaining weight

When you want to eat due to a stressful situation, ask yourself, do you want ONE stress or THREE stresses? If you are honest with yourself, this will solve your stress eating dilemma. What you don’t need is chocolate or a salty snack. What you do need is a distraction. Make a list of distracting activities that will sidetrack you the next time you feel the need to eat because of stress.

Did you know?

In order to lose weight, one must reduce both their simple sugars, as well as complex sugars.

Recipe of the Week!

BBQ Crispy Chicken Fingers

Ingredients:
7oz chicken tenders
1 beaten egg
1 bag ShiftSetGo BBQ Crisps (crushed)
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with foil. Coat chicken in egg, then roll in crushed crisps. Place chicken on foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes. Broil last minute to make crispy!