Stressed? Fight it with Food

We all get stressed every now and then. But there is a way to fight it.

The problem with stress is that it gives us the urge to over indulge in comfort foods, (stress foods).  If a person is frequently stressed, these eating habits developed can lead to obesity and more serious problems in the future such as heart issues and diabetes.

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Although we always eat more when stressed, this is not necessarily a bad thing as it is our body’s way of telling us it needs refuelling.  What we do wrong is feed ourselves food that is has no nutritional value and does us more harm than good.  Additionally, the junk food that you feed your body with provides only a small burst of energy, followed by a long period of fatigue.  By eating the right foods when stressed, you can calm your body down and reduce your stress levels.

As long as we eat the right foods when hungry, the level of stress in your body will decrease.

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Have a look at these everyday foods that could help you.

FISH:

Most fish contain a high quantity of omega-3 fatty acids.  These acids are one of the best methods to use for reducing stress.  Fish like salmon contain high levels of calcium and B vitamins.  These B vitamins are vitally important under stress as this type of vitamin is renowned for increasing energy levels.  Fish is also well known for strengthening your immune system.

WALNUTS:

These nuts are a good source of energy and can play a big part in keeping your stress under control.  When a person grows hungry from stress, it’s often recommended to grab a small quantity of nuts to consume.  Walnuts are rich in vitamin B along with E vitamins that help enhance your immune system.

CITURS FRUITS:

Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C that is well known for boosting the immune system.  People who have a good amount of vitamin C in their body will feel less stressed and ably equipped to deal with any stressful events that may be shoved upon them.

MEAT:

Add some red meat to your meals when fighting stress.  Meat contains the elements iron, zinc and the ever-so-important B vitamins.  These ingredients can benefit you against combating stress, they can also be high in fat.  So be careful with the amount of meat that you eat.

WHOLEWHEAT PASTA:

Carbohydrates are an essential ingredient in a stress-free lifestyle, and can effectively reduce the amount of stress on your body.  It is essential, however, that you consume complex carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pastas and rice.  Whole-wheat Carbohydrates will give you a long burst of energy, whereas simple carbohydrates will only provide a short burst of energy, followed by a long fatigue.

YOGHURT:

Low fat yoghurts are really good for you if they contain fruits.  The fruits present contain antioxidants that protect your immune system. They also contain elements that reduce your cortisol levels, allowing you to calm down.

SOYA:

Soya is a good ingredient to combat stress.  Soya is rich in zinc and copper, and they ensure that the proteins in your body are not converted into fat.  Soya foods will give you a better overall feeling and reduce the amount of stress on your body.

Although there are many more, I have listed a few here. Any questions feel free to contact me

Speak Soon.

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