Is Your Diet Stressing You Out?
Your diet has a direct impact on how you look and feel. If you eat clean and healthy, you’ll be full of energy and function optimally. If your diet is comprised mostly of harmful processed foods that are laden with sugar and other preservatives, your body may end up having inflammation.
You’ll experience aches and pains for no reason. Lethargy and fatigue will be a daily thing. It will reduce your sleep quality, and you won’t feel right.
In itself, is a stressful state to be in. When combined with the other stressors of daily life, it can be too much to bear. The good news is that you’re totally in control of your diet.
Your goal should be to eat for fuel and NOT therapy. People often eat to fill a void in their lives. They eat when they’re happy, and eat when sad, and eat when they’re bored.
This is why obesity has reached epidemic proportions and the statistics for other diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. have skyrocketed. It will be interesting to note that many of these diseases are linked to chronic stress too.
That’s not a coincidence. A lousy diet wreaks havoc on your body and is a stressor.
So, how do you remedy this?
For starters, drink sufficient water daily. Forget the sodas, energy drinks, coffee, etc. Your primary focus is water, and you want to stay hydrated throughout the day. A lack of water will leave you tired, sleepy, or even leave you with a headache.
• Avoid these foods
Avoid red meat, processed foods, sugar, dairy products, and caffeine as much as possible. Meat contains toxins, and generally, your body needs more energy to digest meat than vegetables.
While you don’t need to become a vegetarian, sticking to white meat and seafood will be easier on your body. Dairy products cause mucus buildup within the body and contain a high level of animal fat. Most people are lactose intolerant, and they don’t even realize it.
Caffeine is a stimulant. If you get stressed out, caffeine can keep you buzzing when what you need is a good night’s sleep. Try and wean yourself off caffeine because it is highly addictive.
Sugar is highly inflammatory, and it creeps into most processed foods.
• Juicing and omega-3 fatty acids
Juicing raw veggies and fruits is a fantastic way to stay healthy. Consume a green juice daily to get fiber into your body. At the same time, you should take a fish oil supplement to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Look for oils that come from Alaskan salmon that are caught in the wild. NEVER get oil that’s derived from farmed fish.
You may also wish to go on an intermittent fasting plan to flush out toxins from your diet. You’ll start shedding your excess fat too.
If you can eat organic, that will be excellent. The only downside is that organic foods tend to cost more. If your budget allows for it, do not hesitate.
Your health and stress levels are directly affected by the food you consume. What you eat in private, you’ll wear in public. So, eat clean, and you’ll look and feel like a brand new you.