Meal planning is one of the best ways to make sure you have the proper nutrition in each meal.
It also helps to eliminate the stress figuring out what to cook after a long day at work.
The best way to do this is by knowing which foods to avoid and which to reach for when you are feeling worried and anxious.
This could give you the ability to still stay healthy even though stress may be creeping up on you.
What Not To Eat When You Are Stressed Out😨
Just to reiterate, it is not wise to reach for those unhealthy comfort foods that we talked about last time when you are stressed out.
That only gives you temporary relief, but in the end, it actually makes you feel worse in the long run.
Having stress-busting snacks such as fresh berries🍓, dark chocolate🍫, yogurt, walnuts, pistachios, or even a fruit🍍🍌🍎🍐 smoothie with avocado🥑 and dark leafy greens in it, can help you to feel better in both the short and long term.
It’s important to make sure that for the most part, you have a diet that is healthy and nutritious.
Meal🥙🌯🥗🍲 Planning To Relieve Stress
In order to stay on track, it’s a good idea to make a meal plan for the week.
Planning your meals in advance is ideal if you want to make sure that you have a good selection of these stress-busting foods in your kitchen and possibly in each meal you have.
Set yourself up for success and create meals and snacks with these different foods when you feel like stress eating.
Making sure that the majority of your meals include foods such as lean proteins and leafy green vegetables will make you feel healthier both physically and mentally.
Remember, the foods you eat can contribute to your stress levels.
Your Stress-Busting Menu🔖 Guide:
I wanted to put together a sample meal plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a few snacks for you.
This is kind of like a guideline of how you can incorporate these foods into your daily routine.
These are just ideas and you don’t have to stick to this plan.
It’s a good foundation that you can build upon.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon and some mixed berries or a fruit smoothie 🍍🍌🍐with half an avocado,🥑 mixed berries,🍓 and spinach.
Mid-Morning Snack: Natural yogurt with fruit 🍓🍎🍊🍐or a handful of pistachios or create your own trail mix.
Lunch: A pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens or a leafy green salad🥗 with a small bowl of soup.🍲
Afternoon Snack: a small piece of dark chocolate 🍫
Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables
Before Bed: Chamomile tea 🍵
Remember to exercise and use good portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocados.
To Wrap Things Up…
As the saying goes, you are what you eat.
By meal planning your meals out, you will be able to eliminate the stress of making sure you have all of the nutrients your body needs in each meal.
Literally, all you have to do it take your meal from the fridge, pop that sucker into the microwave, heat it up and eat! 😋
It’s that simple.
I try to meal prep every Sunday and separate out my meals into glass containers.
I don’t use plastic because the chemicals from the plastic can still seep into your food even if it is “BPA free”.
I just don’t want to take the chance with my health.
Also, I don’t stand in front of the microwave either so that radiation doesn’t get on me.
Anyways, I try to set up all of my meals for the whole week in my fridge so I can grab and go!
If you like to be organized, you can always get yourself a meal plan scheduler.
For each meal, you create try to make sure that you are using wholesome foods that are good for you physically and most importantly mentally.
Next time, we will be talking about the reasons why you need to be more active.
To your health,
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P.S.S- Need another great idea you can add to your diet? Check out these green smoothies!
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