Stress doesn’t just impact parents; kids feel it too! Here’s my new post for The Scoop on Food, Parents.com, to help you help kids stress less and take better care of themselves.
If you’ve ever allowed stress to make you reach for a cupcake, bowl of ice cream or jar of peanut butter—even when you weren’t hungry—you’re not alone. Several studies suggest that while not everyone eats in response to stress—in fact, some say they skip meals when stressed—it’s quite common to turn to food to cope. I know I have! Using food for comfort every once in a while certainly won’t derail an otherwise healthful diet. And sometimes, having that donut may just be what you need to settle down! But doing it often—especially if the foods we turn to are high in calories and easy to overdo—can set us up for unhealthy weight gain and its many consequences. And when our children see us use—or abuse—food to temper stress, it’s more likely they’ll model that behavior and suffer similar consequences….read more here.
I’m thrilled to announce that my new web series, Stressipes, debuted on You Tube!
Stressipes (rhymes with recipes) are solutions for the negative ways stress affects what (and how much) you eat, how you move, how well and how much you sleep, and how you handle all the things in life that make you feel stressed.
Even if we think otherwise, we have the power to not let stress get the best of us, and adversely affect our habits. In the Stressipes web series, I will show you simple solutions using real food, exercises, and lifestyle strategies to help you survive and thrive despite whatever tries to bring you down or debilitate you, physically or mentally.
Here’s the link to Episode 1 of Stressipes on You Tube! I hope watching it gives you a laugh to help you destress!
To stay up to date on Stressipes, join my new Stressipes Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.
Have a great day!
Source of image of Paul Heyman and Elisa Zied: Jeff Fusco.
We all get frazzled this time of year! But doing a few of these 5 minute fixes (many that involve food, fitness, and friends) a few times a day will help you feel better, and in some cases, burn calories or check off items on your to do list. So what are you waiting for?
Go for a brisk walk outside.
Sit in a quiet room, close your eyes, and take a few breaths.
Walk up and down stairs.
Eat an apple or pear.
Do 50 crunches.
Write a note to someone you love BY HAND.
Disconnect. Turn off your phone, computer, and television.
Use an elliptical machine.
Listen or dance to one of your favorite songs.
Skim your favorite magazine.
Ride on a stationary bike.
Do a crossword puzzle.
Look at old photos.
Do lunges and squats.
Do 1-3 yoga poses.
Just do it! (if you know what I mean)
Walk on a treadmill.
Brush teeth, rinse, and floss.
Have a warm cup of tea or skim milk (with a splash of chocolate sauce or sprinkle of cinnamon).
Wrap a gift carefully and beautifully.
Hang up the holiday cards you receive.
Call a friend (one that you usually text, email, or IM).