Today’s lifestyle demands we stay on top of our game. When our bodies are fed nutritious food, stress levels will go way down as stress and your nutrition are interconnected. Who in today’s world does not feel stressed at one time or another? Here are some tips to eat well and reduce stress and the ill effects it has on your body:
1. Eat Regularly:
Your brain requires glucose to function well. Eating at regular intervals will help stabilize your blood glucose. Several studies have shown that work performance increases dramatically when the blood sugar levels are stable.
2. Eat Your Healthy Fats:
One of the best fats, omega-3 fatty acids are found in walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, soybeans and fish oil. These fats are also associated with optimum brain functionality. Deficiency of this fatty acid can also result in increased anxiety and depression.
3. Fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A, E, and C. They contain minerals like copper, zinc, and manganese. The leafy greens are especially healthy for your body. These vitamins and minerals neutral harmful molecules that are produced when you are stressed. If you are not a fan of veggies, keep in mind that today there are so many varieties of wonderful tasting smoothies you can drink your veggies and enjoy them too!
4. Add High Fiber Food To Your Diet:
Eating a diet of high fiber foods has been associated with more alertness and lowered stress rates. There are many breakfast options high in fiber such as oatmeal, so you can get your day off to a good start So add some fiber rich foods to your diet such as:
5. Trade Out Caffeine For More Sleep:
Coffee is not the only caffeine loaded item in your pantry. Chocolate, tea, energy drinks are all loaded with caffeine. Now there is a lot of controversy as to caffeine being beneficial or not, so the decision is up to you how much caffeine you choose to ingest. But, know that caffeine leads to increased blood pressure and can make you anxious. Studies have shown that several hours of sleep restores as much as the caffeine you drink instead.
6. Keep Healthy Snacks Handy:
So, what is in your desk drawer at work to tide you over? Get rid of the crackers, protein bars full of sugar and crackers and stock up on energy boosting snacks. Those include:
- Low fat granola
- Nuts (almonds, macadamia or peanuts)
- Dried fruit
- Meat Jerky
- Dried Fruits
All too often people turn to sugar, coffee, alcohol, even cigarettes to “Calm down” or destress. Instead it is only increasing your stress levels. Controlling stress by adopting a healthy lifestyle of good food, exercise and sleep. At Lazy Daisy we are committed to providing you with healthy alternatives to that “quick dash through the drive through”. We pride ourselves on our healthy smoothies, good tasting sandwiches that are made with only the best ingredients. Whether it is a quick lunch or catering for the whole firm, the staff at Lazy Daisy will provide you with the healthy nutritious food to keep those stress levels down.