What To Eat When You’re Stressed

Feeling the burden of finals during week 10 and the urge to eat away that anxiety with maybe a cookie or 10 🙂 We’ve all been there but here are some foods to eat that are healthy and will kick that stress in the butt! Omega 3 fatty acids– can be found in salmon, nuts and avocado, they will boost your mood and give you lots of energy. Berries– they prevent the release of cortisol, which causes stress. Leafy greens– produces dopamine that helps you keep calm.   Vitamin D– get this through natural sunlight or by consuming milk, eggs or fish. Oatmeal– won’t cause your blood sugar to spike, which can lead to stress. Bananas– the natural sugars and potassium help fuel your brain and the magnesium improves sleep and reduces anxiety. Dark Chocolate– it releases endorphins similar to when you work out but you don’t have to move 😉 Hopefully these foods keep you sane! And when you feel the urge to reach for the sugary treat, remember, you’ll get an energy boost but then quickly crash and feel worse than you did before. xx,...

Get Moving to Manage Finals Stress

Are finals leaving you feeling beyond stressed and overwhelmed??  With the homestretch ahead of us and finals quickly approaching most people’s stress level is through the roof- I know mine is. Instead of using finals week as an excuse to skip the gym- use it as your motivation!! When you get your sweat on you are releasing endorphins that will leave you happier, less stressed, and able to more efficiently study. Try out this great cardio workout in order to combat that stress 🙂 Start with a 1 mile warmup at a jog pace (5-6 mph) for 1 min run at speed 8-10 mph (depending on how hard you can push yourself) 1 min reduce speed back down to 3.5 mph on a 12% incline repeat for a total of 30 mins 5 min cool down on stationary bike Other things to keep in mind while your stress level is high Automatically we want to reach for something sweet when we feel like we are under pressure. Instead of going for the cookies and candy, try choosing something that actually has nutritional value and will allow you to efficiently study better/ longer. When you eat sugary sweets you aren’t fueling your body, but when you feed it with something that is nutritious you are giving it the energy it needs. Here are some easy snacks to substitute for the candy 🙂 Apple with peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with your favorite cereal (cinnamon toast crunch, fruit loops, captain crunch) Pretzels with peanut butter or hummus Rice cake with avocado/greek yogurt/ chocolate hazelnut spread half an avocado with salt  2...
Late Night Munchies

Late Night Munchies

Ever find your self uncontrollably snacking at night?? Most people are able to stick pretty closely to their diet up until 8:00 pm-this is when they find themselves starving and are tempted to reach for the nearest thing in sight, which is usually processed, high-calorie, and most likely won’t actually fill you up. Here are a few great snack ideas that are guaranteed to keep you full and won’t derail your diet 🙂 Rice cake topped with: Peanut butter/ almond butter with sliced bananas One scoop of Greek yogurt with a spoonful of granola ¼ an avocado Greek yogurt (siggis/ fage – 0% fat) Banana/apple with one serving of peanut butter or almond butter Hummus with sliced veggies 2 hard boiled eggs Also, if you find your self craving chips, pretzels or other processed snacks put them in the 1/4 snack bags. Having them ready on hand will avoid the inevitable downfall of devouring the whole bag 🙈   xx,...

Myth about carbs

Many people think you have to cut out carbs completely from your diet to see results- I used to be one of these people, but quickly I realized all of the benefits of them. I’m not saying go eat a loaf of bread after you workout (lol) but it is important to refuel your body with nutritionally dense carbohydrates, not only do they give you energy but also keep you full & satisfied throughout the day! Here are just a few essential ones you should incorporate into your everyday diet: bananas oatmeal quinoa/ brown rice/ farro corn sweet potatoes (not just a plate of fries haha) sourdough or wheat bread legumes Your plate should have 1/4 carbs, 1/4 protein and 1/2 of the plate should be greens   xx, FF    ...