I love sharing information with readers about the way that food can heal the body, especially its impact on reducing everyday stress. Food really is medicine, and if we used food they way we use over the counter pain relievers, we could be dealing with less liver and kidney damage then ever before in our society!
So, what kind of food can we use everyday to reduce our stress while becoming more healthy at the same time? My article for SharpHeels.com talks all about it! You can check out an excerpt below:
"Nerve-racking events such as health changes, work commitments, financial adjustments, budgeting, moving, family and social obligations can all be major stressors, adding to the normal tension of daily life.
Certainly, as a wellness coach and nutritionist with over 54,000 clinical hours and twenty years of experience, I have seen both my fair share of clients dealing with irksome lifestyle changes, and felt the personal impact of that in my own life. However, there are a few basics that I recommend as alternatives to hiding out form the world due to exhaustion: take your worries to the gym for a for a nice sweaty workout of twenty minutes or so, and follow that by feeding your body healthy foods that will assist your mind in managing the effects of stress like a superhero!
The Cycle of Cortisol, Stress and Weight Gain
When our mind senses a situation that seems dangerous or overwhelming, our cortisol levels rise, inciting tense emotion in our minds, which makes our body react, too, by tensing up. At the same time serotonin, the chemical that makes us calm, unfortunately plummets, which positions us to decide if we are going to fight the stress or give into it (known as fight-or-flight mode).
As if this weren’t enough, when cortisol spikes in our mind, our body starts to get food cravings, especially for sweet foods, and the more sweet carbs we eat, the more we set our glucose levels swinging, and the worse our body feels. Cortisol also triggers an enzyme in our visceral fat cells found in the abdomen, a part of the body that naturally has more of these enzymes than the fat cells in the thighs and buttocks – all of which causes fat increase in our belly. The more stress we have, the more belly fat cells we create, which puts us at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. Bottom line? Stress can make you gain weight at any age!
But, there is hope! Below are three basic, easy-access food tips to help you bust stress every day, so that you can fight “the battle of the bulge,” and survive whatever comes your way with less headache, little weight gain and a healthier approach towards future stressful events."
Read the full article here: 3 Everyday Meal Items that Zap Anxiety and Promote Serenity
If you want more of my lifestyle tips for managing stress through nutrition, you can also visit my 16 week Ultimate Transformation series with free 5-7 minute segments filled with helpful ways to a healthy transformation!