Get wise to beat stress eating this week
Remember the last time you faced a dressing down from the boss? And the subsequent damage you did to that Twix back at your desk? Don’t beat yourself up for being such a cliché. Because a new study confirms that stress eating is as real as that P&L report you fluffed.
The University of Pittsburgh found that anxiety disrupts descision-making by disengaging your brain’s pre-frontal cortex (PFC). The PFC is responsible for executive functions, explains Dr Matt Kemsley, clinical psychologist atHarley Therapy. And by executive functions, he doesn’t mean team-building away days, but the ability to set and meet goals. This explains why clean-eating intentions often hit the skids when the going gets tough and why one pint so easily becomes five after a vexing day at work.
To steel your resolve, you need to consciously reactivate the key parts of your brain that regulate impulse. Follow Kemsley’s crave-crushing timeline to keep your PFC buzzing on all cylinders.
Put your brain on high alert to battle snacking in all areas
8am – Sound – Tune into gossip
Make your commute less dull (and mute the urge to snack at work) by listening in to conversations around you. Too annoying? A podcast will do the job.
1pm – Sight – Step for success
Leaving the office at lunch won’t just curb anxiety – by counting each step from work to Pret, your guarded from temptation when you get there.
7pm – Taste – Discern a sauce
Do your best Michel Roux Jr impression and try to pick out each ingredient in the sauce covering your bowl of pasta. Go full Masterchef to master your PFC.
10pm – Touch – Make a fresh start
Change your bedding to defeat midnight snack impulses.
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