We reported yesterday on how stress can play a big role in the lives of those of us with PCOS and weight issues. That’s because stress and anxiety release a hormone called cortisol, which, in turn, triggers brain chemicals that can make you increasingly hungry for sugary and fatty food.
One trick to avoid these side-effects is to gradually remove from your diet processed food and refined carbs, especially fast foods, which rank among the worse culprits for stress-related eating.
Make time each day, no matter how busy you are, to eat three nutritious meals to prevent hunger sending you to the nearest drive-thru.
Keep healthy options like fresh fruit or unsalted cashews in your bag or an energy bar in a pocket for moments of potential stress such as being stuck in a long line. Remove unhealthy snacks from the house, desk drawers at the office, the glove compartment of your car or anywhere else they may entice you.