This blog was written in collaboration with TOVI's mental health expert, Dr. Lorena Ruci. Learn more about Dr. Ruci here.
There’s no doubt getting healthier will set you up to feel and look better. A simple way to approach it is to think of a luxury-brand car. When you’re putting sub-prime fuel in your engine, your car will run, but you won’t be getting the best mileage. When you are making regular unhealthy choices, you're putting sub-prime fuel in your engine.
This blog was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta, and mental health expert, Dr. Lorena Ruci. Learn more about our experts here.
Why do we crave comfort foods when we're stressed?
We’ve all been there. You’re at work, you’re busy, you’re not hungry...but the pull of the vending machine is irresistible. There’s no denying quick, processed snacks often have little to no nutritional value, but when we are stressed, they’re often the first thing we reach for.
In reality, choosing to consume unhealthy snacks in moments of stress is a form of emotional eating. When we experience the strong emotions of anxiety and fear, we’re wired to seek something soothing and comforting. For humans, food is one of the most basic sources of comfort, and unhealthy foods full of sugar and carbs give us almost immediate gratification.