Focus on Sleep
Diet, sleep, and stress are all connected. Eating healthy means nothing if you’re crashing into bed at 2 a.m. and getting up two hours later for work. And Jalali says these outside factors are just as important for staying healthy as your daily food choices. “It’s not only what you eat that affects your weight, metabolism, and health,” she says. “Quantity and quality of sleep and stress levels play a huge part.” How much you sleep or how stressed you are can often have big effects on the food choices you make during the day. A study from UCLA found that when stressed, we often reach for sugary drinks or foods because of the immediate relief in panic and anxiety they provide — without considering how they damage our brains and bodies later on. And another study suggests that pulling an all-nighter can make your brain crave more food than normal the next day, leading to unhealthy bingeing. To take charge today, start setting aside time for naps and workouts to de-stress, or give yourself a hard deadline for finishing projects and leaving the office, in addition to making diet changes.
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