The trick is to change your eating habits before stress strikes. A study at Empirica Research shows that stress doesn’t make you change your food habits; it just makes you keep eating what you always consume.
“Habits don’t change in a high-pressure situation,” says researcher David Neal. “People default to what their habits are under stress, whether healthy or not. Habits are 45 percent of daily life. They cause us to disregard rational or motivational drivers and instead be cued by context, automated actions, time pressure and low self-control.”
So if you’re worried about all those donuts you eat when your job starts dragging you down, take control of your eating before the next crisis. In that way, when the going gets tough, your food consumption won’t veer so far off of a healthy menu.