9 Worst Foods to Eat When You're Stressed

1. Caffeine

Anything beyond two cups of coffee increases inflammation and ups your stress hormones it's still wise to curb your caffeine intake

2. Sugar

 sugar "increases insulin resistance" and spurs "an imbalance in the gut microbiome creating inflammation in the body and the brain

3. Refined Carbs

simple carbs," refined carbs have been stripped of their nutritional value, so you're left with empty calories

4. Breakfast Cereal

your blood sugar levels first thing in the morning means setting yourself up for an insulin rollercoaster throughout the day, which can really mess with your mood

5. Artificial Sweeteners

Fake sugars—like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin—which usually come in brightly colored packets, can bring on some concerning side effects

6. Processed Meats

Pumped with preservatives and additives, meats like sausages, salami, deli meats, jerky—and yes, bacon (sigh…)—are processed

7. Soda

a vital nutrient for body function. When our "bodies experience that acute fight-or-flight stress response

8. Alcohol

The link between depression and alcohol is well documented. Alcohol is a known depressant that disrupts the gut microbiome

9. Processed Vegetable Oils

Contrary to their name, vegetable oils—like canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, or grapeseed—contain no vegetables