With the continual uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to get overwhelmed any time you read the latest news update. And while we know that the right nutrition strategies complement our hard work on the roads and trails, current feelings of stress and fear can lead you back to your snack drawer over and over again.

You may notice subtle to substantial differences in your otherwise healthy diet, since eating can be a welcome distraction or coping mechanism when you’re going through a difficult time. But that’s okay, because it is completely normal.

According to sports dietitian Natalie Rizzo, R.D., awareness is one of the first steps to understanding your eating habits during times of high stress.

“You have to recognize that you’re feeling stressed, and recognize that you’re turning to food. I don’t think a lot of people realize that in the moment,” she says.

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