Combat Stress through Nutrition

Today we are looking at how what you eat and drink can be positively and negatively impacting your stress levels. Find out what you should try and avoid, and what you should try and include more of in you diet, as well as why you might be eating the way you do.

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Takeaway points:

  • Remember, in a chronic state of stress your body thinks there is famine. Cortisol is shouting at you to eat more food, especially carbohydrates. Sort your stress levels out, and it may help your cravings!
  • Are you ravenous in the afternoon? Starving when you get home? Or searching in your fridge for answers during the evening? Balance your blood sugar, and balance your hormones to help control cravings.
  • Think about your relationship with food, and how you perceive what you’re eating. Are you stressed about your diet? Do you feel guilty before you’ve even started eating something you perceive as a ‘treat’? This will alter how your body digests the food, so enjoy your food in a calm, stress free environment. Don’t associate good and bad labels with your food.
  • If you need external stimulants to get you through the day, they are potentially masking internal problems. Get to the root cause of your fatigue, before trying to veil with stimulants.
  • Nutrient dense food can help ease anxiety, alleviate mood and help you relax. Why?
    • Over 80% of serotonin is made in the digestive tract! If you are stressed out and your digestion can’t work properly, you will be missing out on a whole host of happy hormones. Sort your stress out, and this will positively impact your digestion, and ultimately your mood.

Action points:

  • Make a note of what you are craving and when. If it is the afternoon slump, then maybe you need to control your blood sugar levels better.
  • Slow down your meal times. Sit down for each meal, take a breath before eating and make sure you are calm and ready to enjoy your food!
  • Try and avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol, and make a note of how you feel.

Day 1 – What Is Stress?
Day 2, How Stress affects your Metabolism
Day 3 – Sleep and Stress
Day 4 – Exercise and Stress

Day 5 – Restorative Pilates Flow