Stress is a very normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened, frightened or upset your balance in some way.
Many people think stress is an unnatural thing and that you should avoid it at all costs. In the modern, fast paced and technological world we live in, this isn’t possible.
But you CAN minimise the effects that stress has on you!
The fight or flight response within us kicks in when we feel threatened. Your body reacts by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give you more energy and strength, which is a good thing if your stress is caused by a physical danger.
However, it can also be a bad thing when our bodies don’t just use it for a short term survival mechanism, as it was intended to be used.
Instead of the infamous saber-tooth tiger being our threat, we have replaced him with missing deadlines, paying the bills on time and dealing with the morning rush hour traffic. We see EVERYTHING as a threat and move into the attack position with our nearest and dearest, within our jobs and even strangers on the street.
The key here is fairly straightforward. You need to look after yourself: physically, mentally and spiritually.
If you focus on healthy eating in your life you will be starting off on the right foot.
Here is my brief guide to healthy eating:
Carbohydrates. Ones to go for: fruit, vegetables, legumes and wholemeal or wholegrain products (rice, pasta, bread, noodles). Stay away from the white products (bread, pasta etc) and anything that has been processed (see trans fats below).
Protein. Ones to go for: clean, lean animal proteins (fish & poultry), pulses and cereals & grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice). Stay away from processed meats (bacon, sausages, hot dogs, sandwich meats etc) and those high in saturated fat (red meats generally).
Good fats. Ones to go for: olive oil, rapeseed oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish. Limit your saturated fat intake.
Aim to stay away from the Core 5: sugar, caffeine, smoking, stress & simple carbohydrates. These will all raise your blood sugar levels and set you off on a downward spiral throughout the day.
Limit your alcohol consumption. This can seem like a good release for stress but will cause you issues sooner than you think! You will even lose a few pounds…
Avoid at all costs: Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Products
You will find them in the following: many margarines, biscuits, cakes, crackers, pies, pastries, take away foods, boxed meals and TV dinners, ice creams, pre prepared foods, many low fat processed foods, sweet sauces and syrups, some ready-made sauces (jars!) – to name a few.
Be aware of where trans fats are and stay well clear!
If in doubt when trying to eat a balanced and healthy diet, think back to the hunter gather days and what our ancestors would have eaten. They certainly wouldn’t be eating pot noodles or any of the other convenience foods that have been produced.
Now, over to you.
What changes could you make to the food you eat?
Identify what these changes are going to be (start with something small) and begin to implement them.
You will notice the difference in your health and happiness very quickly.
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