When stress comes along, you are more likely to eat anything that will make you feel better.
This includes those traditional ‘comfort foods’ such as baked mac and cheese, fried chicken,🍗 pasta,🍝 pizza🍕, some form of fast food, and possibly alcohol (aka wine🍷 or beer🍺).
Let’s face it…
We’ve all found some comfort in a tasty, greasy hamburger🍔 with french fries🍟 on the side with a nice milkshake🥤 when we’ve been stressed out or upset about something.
However, this isn’t a good permanent solution.
When you’re turning to unhealthy foods each time you are down in the dumps, you can feel better temporarily.
In the long run, you may actually feel worse.
Your body wouldn’t be getting the proper amount of nutrients it needs to do what I call ‘body maintenance’.
This maintenance includes healing any injuries or damage within the body, grow parts of the body that needs to grow or detox and clean out junk that doesn’t need to be there.
When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, less able to concentrate and in some cases just down in the dumps all the time.
All of this can lead to even more stress and then the cycle continues.
Foods That Fight👊🏾 Stress
If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods can help to alleviate stress and which ones to avoid.
The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy diet full of whole foods and nothing processed, filled with chemicals or food additives.
This also includes eating in moderation and trying not to go overboard with the amount of food you do eat.
Filling up on foods such as whole grains, some fruit (not too much because it could spike your insulin), dark green leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of your diet is the best way to ensure that your body is getting the optimum amount of nutrients.
This will aid in fighting both physical and mental health problems.
Yes…food helps to keep your mental🧠 health in tip-top shape!
There are many foods out there that have a range of great properties to combat stress.
Choosing stress-busting foods will aid the body in healing and calming your mind, rather than providing a temporary fix.
All that will do is lead to a crash in the end.
Take a look at my ‘Top 5 Foods That Combat Stress’ to know the top 5 foods you should try to incorporate into your diet to help you relieve stress fast!
Add the foods from that list to this new one I am about to share with you and you have yourself a killer stress-fighting diet that kicks butt!
Let’s take a look at some other foods and drinks you can add to your list!
It’s not all about what you’re eating when it comes to managing stress.
What you’re drinking can also alleviate or worsen stress too.
Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee☕️, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly.
Remember, sugar spikes your insulin and caffeine can get your heart racing❤️ faster than a speed train.🚄
Okay… maybe not that fast but it gets pumping!
Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother and it has also been used in clinical trials.
After different studies, holistic nutritionists alongside other nutritionists have determined that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
There are a ton of other benefits that chamomile tea has so definitely see what else it has to offer!
These vitamins can help your body fight stress and anxiety.
As a side note, if you were looking for another reason to spend a little bit of extra money💵 on buying organic, grass-fed beef then it is also lower in fat than grain-fed beef while being higher in omega-3.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Folate helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ chemical.
The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract.
To Wrap Things Up…
Next time, we will be discussing how to put together your diet plan.
To your health,
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