If your job is stressing you out, it’s more likely that you will overeat at dinnertime, new research has found. But a good night’s sleep can counter the effect of work stress and help reduce the chances that you’ll comfort eat in the evening.
The study in the Journal of Applied Psychology is one of the first to investigate how psychological experiences at work shape our eating patterns. “Employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table, as manifested in eating more than usual and choosing junk food instead of healthy food,” said study co-author Chu-Hsiang Chang, a psychology professor at Michigan State University.
Everyone gets cravings from time to time. Sometimes you kid yourself that it is your body telling you that you need to have something (and there is some truth in this – more on that later). Most of the time, however, it is habit. There are some simple steps you can take to manage cravings and avoid binges. Using a combination of these steps will be most effective and some techniques will work better than others for you, so it’s best to experiment.
“But I need it…’
Easter is going to turn up, whether you like it or not. Chocolate and hot cross buns are all around; in every shop and TV commercial. It’s enough to melt away your good intentions and, with this much pressure, binging feels almost inevitable.
Of course, chocolate is available all year round. The trouble seems to come when there’s too much chocolate, as is the case at this time of year, which leads to too much
temptation, eating too much in one go, then feeling miserable because you over indulged.
After a long and busy day, it can feel like there is nothing better than a glass of wine, beer or other alcoholic drink to help us unwind. It can feel like the reward we deserve. Sound familiar?
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