Do You Eat to Curb Your Stress?

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I’m hearing a lot of people these days talking about stress. They feel overwhelmed, and quite frankly like they’re spinning their wheels.

What you need when you’re feeling this way is an outlet, a healthy outlet. You need to treat your body very well, and then your mind will begin to feel well. When you feel well you feel more empowered, which in turn, will decrease your stress symptoms.

What Are You Eating?

One of the best ways to treat your body well is to prioritize what you are eating. All too often when we’re stressed, we eat horribly. Too often when we are overwhelmed and unhappy, instead of choosing an apple for a snack, we choose the pastry or the chips. Yet it is this type of choice we need to start making a habit if we want to get our mind in the right place.
And yes, I do it too. I eat worst when I’m stressed and best when I have time off and less obligations going on.

What Should You Eat to Help Ward Off Stress?

Here is a list of foods to keep in your kitchen to help you make the best choices when you most need it:

Eat complex carbohydrates- think whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, whole grain cereals and breads.

Avoid foods with simple sugars (sugary foods and drinks) which can worsen stress symptoms.

Eat fish high in omega- 3 fatty acids, such as salmon. Avocados are also a great choice for omega-3’s.

Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Go for the fresh option!

Drink plenty of water! STAY HYDRATED!

Start your day with protein, which can help stabilize blood sugars.

Eat high-quality dark chocolate which is filled with antioxidant properties.

Eat nuts, such as walnuts, pistachios and almonds.

Try incorporating these foods into your daily routine, one by one. Think small steps to make a habit long-lasting.

I will be posting more information on stress-busting foods in posts to come!

Find Your Outlet in Exercise

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There’s no denying what exercise can do for you both physically and mentally. When you get moving you feel so much more empowered, and the little things that seemed to dominate your thoughts, go by the wayside.

Trust me, one of the best things you can do for yourself is exercise. It is one of the most powerful ways to control stress.

At first, choose exercise that is easily attainable and accessible. The last thing you want is to make the decision to be active, only to be discouraged because you couldn’t make it to the gym, or the spin class didn’t fit into your schedule. Sometimes it’s best to go for activities right out your back door.

A jog, a trail bike ride or a brisk walk. Maybe it’s yoga in your living room. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Just get yourself moving, and be proud you did more today than yesterday. And when you’re done, don’t forget to celebrate with a healthy snack!