“Release the energy that you can’t control”
Stress- we all have it and how we cope up with it can make the world of a difference to our life . Stress management is a part of our wellness. There are many strategies to combat it; one of them is “Healthy Eating.”
“There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does. Skip the diet and just eat healthy.”
Healthy eating is not about strict restrictions, starving yourself or depriving yourself of the foods you love, rather it’s all about feeling great , energetic , improving outlook and stabilizing the mood. Your diet has a profound effect on your mood and sense of well being. Eating unhealthy diet trigger stress level threshold. People binging n unhealthy food at the time of stress is a common aspect. However people can also go through stress due to the unhealthy food habits.
To manage stress and to set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet. These are the few tips:
- Eat Healthy – make the right change. Unhealthy food in your diet needs to be replaced by healthy food. Such as replacing animal fat from whole milk, butter, desi ghee and sweets to healthy vegetable fats like olive oil or canola oils.
- Replacing simple carbs like white bread, sugars to complex carbs like multigrain or whole grain options. These carbs prompt the brain to take more serotonin. This helps provide a steady supply of a feel-good factor.
- Include stress busting foods – lots of fruits and vegetables which contain antioxidants that reduce the level of stress hormone- Cortisol.
- Lay emphasis on Vitamin C rich fruits like oranges as well as green leafy vegetables which contain magnesium, that stock back the levels and prevent fatigue, headache and stress.
- Detoxify your body to distress by taking plenty of water and fluids like coconut water, soups, and whey water. Avoid soda/ soft drinks as they contain empty calories and also contain carbon di oxide which further aggravates stress.
- Avoid processed and fast food items, as they may taste delicious, but are a far cry from healthy diet.
- Tea, coffee and energy drinks should most definitely be avoided when stressed.They may be refreshing for a shorter duration but they contain Thianin, which are proven to heighten stress.
- Curd plays a very important role in managing stress as it contains probiotics, which is essential for maintaining normal gut floor and prevent stress induced digestion.
- Eat breakfast even though you are not hungry, as it helps to kick start your metabolism and stabilizes your sugar level that in turn reduces stress. Increase the intake of stress busting nutrients and limit intake of stress inducing substances.
- Reduce the intake of alcohol, sugar/salt as they strip our body of essential nutrients that combat stress.
- Stop smoking, as nicotine may give instant relief but actually causes greater stress over time.
- On a stressful day, eat little and often to minimize peaks and troughs in energy levels.
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