For all the talk focused on emotional eating and how to stop the cycle, let’s flip the switch for a minute and talk about how to embrace those comfort food cravings in a healthy way.
Salmon: When you need to combat feelings of anxiety or stress, try wild caught salmon. Regular consumption of omega-3s has extensive research support for both the prevention and treatment of clinical depression. And there’s growing evidence that omega-3s also help reduce anger and irritability.
*Healthy omega-3 fats found in nut butter or avocado are also excellent source of feel good nutrition, in case fish isn’t your thing.
Chocolate: In addition to being delicious, dark chocolate can help reduce stress hormones flooding your body. Not just any ol’ chocolate will do, however. Be sure to indulge mindfully in chocolate that has at least 70% cacao.
Mashed Anything: Typically gooey, cheesy foods, rich foods are thought of as go-to, indulgent ‘comfort foods’. Foods such as mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese or nachos. Ever had Cauliflower or Sweet Potato Mash? Hearty substitutes like these are an excellent way to indulge your need for warmth and ‘grounding’ without undoing all the healthy changes you’ve made to your body and health routine.
Greens: Are you needing comfort from feeling sluggish, fatigued and sober? Instead of reaching for red bull or a double espresso, reach for some energizing greens instead to hydrate and enliven the body. Leafy greens are an excellent source of folate, which directly contributes to the production of serotonin, helping ward off depression and improve mood.
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