Eating Healthy – Having a healthy relationship with food is important to stress prevention and control. Spending a lot of time thinking about diets, weight and body image can be very stressful. This may contribute to the fact that overweight and obesity are more common in multicultural or minority populations. Furthermore, when we’re under stress, we are more likely to make poor food choices. Unfortunately, these food choices can create more stress in the long run, as well as other problems. Following are a few examples of poor eating choices:
- Eating Fast foods often
- Eating Foods high in fat, sugar and salt
- Snacking without thinking
- Skipping Meals
- Drinking Too Much Coffee
- Not drinking enough water
- Drinking too much alcohol
Eating healthy contributes to stress reduction, and the Food Branch of our Food and Fitness Channel provides a wide variety of information for eating healthy, including delicious recipes and Healthy Eating Tip Sheets.
For information about other stress prevention and reduction methods, see the Health Power web site Stress Prevention and Reduction Section.