Friday, January 6, 2012

The Stress Diet

by Kris Pitcher

With the first week of the New Year coming to a close I thought you might be starting to feel stressed out about the changes you've been working on in your life. As I was thinking about this, low and behold...I came across "The Stress Diet"

1/2 grapefruit
1 piece whole wheat toast
8 oz. skim milk

4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed zucchini
1 Oreo cookie
Herb tea

Afternoon Snack:
Rest of the package of Oreo cookies
1 quart Rocky Road ice cream
1 jar hot fudge

2 loaves garlic bread
Large mushroom and pepperoni pizza
Large pitcher beer
3 Milky Way bars
Entire frozen cheesecake, eaten directly from the freezer

Now I KNOW you haven't thrown in the towel quite yet! So much of how we deal with stress is learned behavior and that certainly goes for comfort food. Managing your stress with regular exercise, clean eating, and a positive outlook will have you on your way to success this year.

Replacing learned behaviors like eating, with other enjoyable things is the key. Whether it's a hobby, reading, painting your nails, writing poetry, working in the garden, or taking a bubble need to replace one behavior for another. Make a cup of tea and relax into the New Year!

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