Did you know that stress can impact your diet and exercise in a negative way? Unfortunately, stress exists and it is all around us every day. Quite frankly, there is very little you can do about the stress in your life. However, you do have control of how stress can affect you.
Often times when you are stressed out, the first thing you want to do is to reach for unhealthy food, right? Well, here are some healthy diet tips when you are experiencing stress in your life.
First, it is important to skip the simple sugars and starches, such as chips, cakes, and ice cream which can spike up the blood sugar and insulin. This process will lead you to eat more and put you at risk for diabetes. Instead, reach for healthier alternatives, such as fresh veggies, fruits, or yogurt.
Second, avoid coffee and other caffeinated food and drinks. They not only increase levels of certain stress hormones, but also mimic their effects in the body which can increase your heart rate.
Third, choose fresh veggies, fruits, and other high-fiber foods. The nutrients they provide lend an extra protection against the effects of stress.
Another component that assists you with overcoming a stressful situation is exercise. Instead of just sitting around and eating your problems away, get up to exercise. Doing simple movements, such as walking, running, biking or swimming can change the balance of stress hormones in the brain. Exercise enhances your ability to respond to stress in a positive way which would eliminate diagnosis, such as anxiety, depression, and heart disease. Regular exercise also helps flush out the byproducts of the body’s stress response and enables you to return to a normal state quicker.
Next, there are the meditative benefits of exercise, such as increase in self-esteem, the social support, and improving your sleep patterns.
Now, you are ready to conquer any stressful situation that may occur in your life. So, the next time you are stressing out about one of life’s many challenges, think about making healthier food choices and finding time to exercise. Remember, stress can be found in almost every aspect of our lives, but what’s important is how we respond to it.
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