Combat stress with nutrition
You may think diet has nothing to do with stress however, eating a diet full of additives, sugar, processed carbohydrates, trans fats and chemicals can have disastrous effects. Whilst food obviously cannot remove the source of stress in your life, you can ensure you are not exacerbating it with a nutritious diet.
- Beware of your eating habits when stressed
When someone is under stress, eating habits often change. Individuals tend to consume more, opt for convenience foods, which are high in sugar and fat and increase their intake of stimulants such as caffeine.
- Avoid the following foods as they are natural stressors within the body
- Refined sugar
- Unhealthy fats (trans fats)
- Eat more of the following foods which provide essential nutrients such as B vitamins, protein, calcium, iron, A vitamins, C vitamins and magnesium:
- Lean meat
- Nuts and seeds
- Vegetables (particularly green leafy varieties)
- Ensure you have sufficient energy throughout the day by eating 3 regular meals containing a third protein, a third vegetables or salad and a third carbohydrate. Good sources of carbohydrate included seeded bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, spaghetti, noodles and potatoes.
- Choose snacks that contain some protein and ditch processed carbohydrate based snacks. Good choices include Greek yoghurt with nuts, houmous with carrot sticks, fruit, oatcakes with cheese. This will also help to balance your blood sugar and to help prevent sluggish feelings later in the afternoon.
- Indigestion can be a problem when we are stressed. It also can be due to eating on the run. Always sit down to eat and chew your food properly. This will slow you down and help you to enjoy the taste and texture of the food you are eating.
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