The pandemic of 2020 has been stressful to say the least. Let’s face it, stress leads to stress eating. If you have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, stress eating is just one more thing to stress you out about your high blood sugar. Have I said stress enough yet?
I’m human so naturally have fallen prey to stress eating, too. Here are some things that have worked for me that I hope work for you!
Go for a walk
If you’re stuck at home, sometimes you just need to change up your environment. Go outside and take a walk around the block or stop at a local park. If it’s sunny out, you’ll definitely feel much better. Getting some fresh air and sunshine can help your mind stop thinking about food, burn up extra blood sugar, and get more vitamin D.
Many times when you can’t stop snacking, it’s worth it to stop and ask, “Wait, I am just thirsty?” You’ll be surprised how many times you are eating because you’re actually thirsty. Do you have dry mouth? Drink some H2O!
Prepare a meal
If you’re stuck at home and can’t stop thinking of food, then prepare a meal. Dig out an old cookbook or look one up online. Create a healthy, tasty recipe that will save you from your stress cravings. If you’re concerned about going to the grocery store, see if you can order ingredients online and do a drive-by pick-up.
Make it easy on yourself
This is the easiest AND most important. If you are prone to stress eat at home, make it easy on yourself by NOT buying chips, crackers, cookies, and other junk food. Full disclosure: if there are chocolate chip cookies in my house, then they are getting eaten. Guess what? I don’t buy chocolate chip cookies! If you’re reversing your diabetes, you need to start thinking like this for foods that are tempting for you.
There you have it! These are few things that I have found helpful and I hope you will too. Don’t let stress eating get in the way of reversing your pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or health in general!