As most people know, eating a healthy diet is great for your body. It promotes good nutrition and gives you energy. But did you also know that it’s a great stress management technique?
According to experts, eating a diet of fruits and vegetables can improve your health and prolong life. In my own quest to get healthy many years ago, I decided to go on a diet. The foods I was eating made me feel a lot better, and as a result, reduced my stress. The food I had been eating up until that point was high in fat and cholesterol.
Foods that are high in cholesterol have a tendency to make you feel stale and lethargic. This is why it’s so important to eat these foods in moderation.
Eat slowly. When you eat slowly, you really get to experience what you are eating, and as a result, you feel more satisfied when you’re finished.
When you eat healthily, you feel better. You have more energy, and not surprisingly, you are happier. Healthy foods have the tendency to make you feel happy. And this would only seem natural. A healthy body is a happy body, right?
The important thing to remember when using diet as a stress management technique is that some foods are better than others. As a general rule, fruits and vegetables make you feel better than a bag of Doritos or a corn dog. Throw in a piece of baked salmon or skinless chicken, and have a recipe for a healthy meal.
When you eat junk food or food that is heavy in grease, you may feel guilty afterward. You know you’ve gone off your diet, if you were on one, and you just consumed a bunch of nasty substances, such as fat and cholesterol.
To relieve stress, consider eating a diet of fruits, vegetables and real food. Real foods are those that occur naturally in nature, such as berries or plants. Also, foods made from dairy products, such as cheese, are equally as healthy.
When you eat these types of foods, you will feel more energetic, and you won’t get hungry so quickly. Unhealthy snacks, like cookies, have very low nutritional content, so you get hungry more quickly afterward.
And of course, a lot of people suffer the inevitable remorse that often follows eating unhealthy food. This causes you to stress. When you eat healthily, you will find that you feel better overall.
Not only do you have more energy, but you feel good about yourself, because you’ve made healthy food choices.
In stress management, it’s critical to clear your mind of negative thoughts. By eating healthy foods, you do not have to feel guilty and stress out.
When combined with regular exercise, eating healthy can have tremendous benefits that will in turn improve your mood.
One other thing to remember is to eat until you’re full. Don’t eat until you’re overly full, even if you’re eating vegetables. Believe it or not, you really can have too much of a good thing!
Don’t go hungry, either. Going hungry has the tendency to make you grumpy, and will put unnecessary stress on you.
In addition to helping lower cholesterol and shed inches from your waistline, some foods can actually reduce your stress.
In fact, drinking more water, at least eight ounces a day, will help you feel full, so you won’t be tempted to snack.
Eat plenty of whole grains. Though many people say carbs make you gain weight, they are a great source of energy. Eaten in moderation, carbs help your body fight bacteria and help your brain stay healthy and alert.
If you’re looking for a low calorie meal that will make you feel relieve stress, try baking some chicken and steaming some broccoli. Cut a potato into slices and top with some cheese.
You will find as the evening goes on that you feel a lot more energetic and at peace with yourself. Be proud of yourself for eating healthily. A meal like this contains around 350 calories and stays with you for a long time.
Foods that boost your mood include the following:
The important thing to remember when selecting a diet to reduce stress is that you should eat what makes you feel good. If a food makes you feel sluggish and stale, pass it over and opt for an apple.
When combined with exercise, you will find that a healthy diet will reduce your stress levels significantly.
Not only will you get your body in form, but you’re taking a step in the right direction to keeping stress to a minimum.
Now go out there, and grab yourself an apple. Your heart and mind will thank you for it!