Dealing with emotional/stress/concentration eating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2013 at 6:16 AM

This semester at college that I'm having is really stressful, often leading cravings for non-paleo comfort foods, and chocolate, nuts, and chocolate with nuts are like Ritalin to me-the only things that can keep me focused on boring homework assignments, which have plenty of. Is there some way to stay focused/de-stressify without the calories? (and no, I don't listen to music when I study, I find it too distracting, and celery and carrot sticks just don't keep me concentrating)

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on February 22, 2013
at 12:56 PM

I have always found that a brief exercise interval works wonders for my cravings and focus when studying. When I get a craving or find myself reading the same sentence 5 times and having no idea what it says I will do some combo of pull ups, push ups, body weight squats, hanging leg raises and jumping jacks for 2-3 minutes. I find this usually lets the craving pass or allows me to focus again.



on February 22, 2013
at 04:01 PM

You could always go for a paleo style chocolate treat:


Is it the food calories, or the act of chewing? One of my kids has to chew gum or suck on a lollipop while studying. She also has ADD tendencies, and this helps her focus.


on February 22, 2013
at 07:29 AM

Gynostemma tea works great for me. I like the taste and it feels like the anti-coffee, yet still helps me stay focused. I would say look into herbal infusions in general.

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