Jakarta, Beritasatu.com – Many people feel stressed in facing the process of adapting to new habits (IMR) during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, stress can trigger unhealthy eating habits and ultimately have a negative impact on the body or often referred to as emotional eating.
Senior Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training Herbalife Nutrition, Susan Bowerman, said the body’s natural response to stress makes you more active and alert. However, when the response to stress is activated continuously, it can strain the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to ward off disease.
“A good immune system relies on a diet rich in nutrients. Thus, ensuring that the body has adequate nutrition is one of the best defenses against disease, especially facing times of uncertainty like today,” he said in a statement Monday (9/28/2020) .
According to Susan, this was easier said than done. The reason is, stress can also cause fatigue and depression. If so, the easy escape is to eat.
“It’s a good idea to start thinking about replacing a fast and comfortable diet which is often loaded with fat, salt and sugar into a healthy diet. If you turn to caffeine to ward off fatigue, it can also backfire, disrupting sleep,” he explained.
According to Susan, if the food that is consumed frequently is high in calories, it can stimulate the release of certain chemicals in the brain that make the body feel better. At least, it happens in the short term and makes you want to eat more.
“However, overeating can lead to weight gain which can lead to psychological distress and end up eating more,” he said.
If you can’t get stress out of your mind, Susan continued, a balanced diet can help regulate how you respond to stress. Try to include some lean protein on the menu.
“Products such as poultry, eggs, low-fat dairy products, lean meat, fish, nuts or soy products. Protein also satisfies hunger and helps to stay mentally alert. Next, supplement the diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods. whole grains, “he concluded.