You may be able to tell a lot about a city’s stress level by residents’ eating habits. OKC is a prime example: Too much red meat and too few fruits, vegetables and whole grains are on the menu for many residents here. “When we’re stressed we tend to make worse food choices,” says Roach. That’s because when stress hits, cortisol tells our brains that we’re hungry, so we reach for food -- especially sugary, fatty foods. Sound like you sometimes? Mehmet Oz, MD, recommends keeping a food diary and trying proven ways to reduce stress, like meditation or yoga.