Are you always busy, always on the run, always stressed out? Have you being worn out or tired recently? Sometimes the food you eat causes stress too. Surprised? Do you have no time for taking care of yourself because you always put children, relatives, relationship, and career first priority? No wonder you have no time to eat regularly!
When overstressed, you may have headaches or migraines, anxiety or panic attacks, pounding heart, chest pain, sadness and depression, tension in back of neck or head, stomach problems, irritability, moodiness, bad temper, overeating, fatigue, frequent colds and other maladies. Sound familiar?
What is stress in the first place? According to the Webster-Merriam Dictionary, stress is “a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stress may be a factor in disease causation.”
You shouldn’t always blame your children, or husband, or work, or traffic fad food labels, you will find out how many chemicals, colors and preservatives we consume every day.
According to Ayurveda, we are what we eat. When we are stressed out, we need better quality meals to help us stay focused, grounded, in balance. But instead, we get trapped in cycles: we eat too much junk/processed food – we get even more stressed out – we eat even more refined, processed, junk. What shall we do? We have to break the cycle!
We have to understand that there are foods that might help us feel angry, depressed, fearful, worried, exhausted, anxious, cranky, irritable, jittery, gloomy, aggravated, and impatient.
To help ourselves with being stressed out by food we have to avoid:
1. Foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce or don’t know the meaning of.
2. Foods with trans fatty acids. The trans fatty acids (even 0.5 per serving) in junk food and refined carbohydrates we consume reduce circulation and raise blood pressure keeping our body in a constant state of stress.
3. Refined sugars. Processed sugars raise our insulin level too high and too quick, and when it drops too fast we feel moody, depressed, etc.
4. Caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine boosts production of the stress hormone adrenaline, and alcohol upsets the blood sugar level which can lead to insomnia.
Take your first step to a healthier you by watching what you eat as well as by avoiding foods which can make you stressed out, unhappy or anxious.