A person’s mental state is directly affected by what he or she puts in his or her body. A good example of this comes in stressful situations. A lot of people turn to foods when they feel stressed or upset, but more often than not, it’s not in the right way. Some may turn to a glass of wine or a beer at the end of a hard day. Some may turn to “comfort foods” like sugar, breads and cheeses. Unfortunately, these foods and beverages create the opposite effect from what is intended.
Here at Superfit Foods, we would like to give you some tips about how Nutrition can help you with managing stress:
- Stay on Schedule: It’s not a surprise that people develop bad eating habits while they are under great stress. To be honest, when there are pressing matters in your life, nutrition always seems to take a back seat. The worst problem is skipping meals. Skipping a meal can enhance the symptoms of stress by making you tired and irritable. The remedy is simple. Make sure you at least eat your 3 main meals and then bring healthy snacks if your schedule doesn’t allow you to eat at the appropriate times. Snacks like yogurt, bananas, carrots, or nuts could be a quick pick-me-up to help you better handle that stressful situation.
- Find Magnesium– Elevate your magnesium intake. Magnesium is an element that helps relax muscles and reduce anxiety. It can be found in foods like spinach, chard, almonds, pomegranate, avocados and black beans.
- Focus on Whole Grains– The whole grains found in oats, whole grain bread and brown rice help elevate levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. The higher serotonin levels, the better you will feel and function.
- Increase Healthy Fats– The healthy fats found in fish, oils, and some nuts help with brain function. A lack of healthy fats in your diet can increase feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Eat Your Veggies– Vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals that are a staple in one’s diet. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are especially good for you because they are high in vitamins C and B6 as well as other minerals and vitamins that help neutralize harmful molecules produced when your body is under stress.
- Avoid Bad Habits– When under stress, we typically turn to caffeine, sugar and simple carbohydrates like milk and cheese. Putting these foods in our bodies, especially when we are stressed, increase the symptoms of stress and should be avoided.
While superfitfoods.co may not be able to help with every aspect of stress in your life, we can help you eat right. Check out our easy and affordable meal plans on our website (https://www.superfitfoods.co/meal-plans/) and choose the best plan for your goals.
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