Stress and boredom can lead to overeating, says registered dietitian who offers sensible advice on snacking, grocery shopping and more.
Being confined to your home during a pandemic can leave you feeling both stressed and bored, a combination that can mean overindulging in your isolation food supplies.
“You’re in a constant state of not knowing what’s going on, you’re fearful, and that makes it tough to eat healthily,” said University of Alberta nutrition expert Sabina Valentine.
Stress can increase our cortisol levels, which causes our appetites to change, Valentine said, and that can cause us to overeat and develop cravings for sugary and fatty foods.
Being stuck in our homes for long periods can also mean boredom—and combined with constant close proximity to the kitchen, that can lead to snacking, Valentine said.
“People are looking for comfort, they’re looking for an escape, and unfortunately food can sometimes provide that.”
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