Having a plan for your meals is wise to not only stay physically fit and healthy, but to also stay mentally strong. Being able to manage your levels of stress will help you be a happier person overall.
The best way to do this is knowing which foods to avoid and which to reach for when you are feeling worried and anxious. By knowing this, it will help you have a leg up over your stress.
Knowing What Not To Eat When Feeling Stressed Out
When you’re feeling stressed out, you may be tempted to reach for classic ‘comfort foods’ usually foods which are laden with sugar, very starchy, or greasy. However, although these foods can make you feel momentarily better, they will actually make you feel worse in the long run. Having stress-busting snacks such as fresh berries, dark chocolate, yogurt, walnuts or pistachios, or even a fruit smoothie with avocado and 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 balanced. In order to stay on track, it’s a good idea to make a meal plan for the week. Planning ahead to make sure that you have a good selection of these stress-busting foods in your kitchen is key to keeping your stress in check. 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.
Stress-Busting Menu Example:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries or a fruit smoothie with avocado and berries
Mid-Morning Snack: Natural yogurt with fruit or a handful of pistachio nuts
Lunch: A pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens
Afternoon Snack: Dark chocolate
Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables
Before Bed: Chamomile tea
Of course, you don’t need to stick to this menu, but it gives you a good foundation to build upon and have an idea of what to eat. Remember to exercise and use good portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocados. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Make sure that first and foremost, you’re filling yourself up with good wholesome foods which are good for your mental health.
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To your health,
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