Healthy Nutrients Feed Your Mind and Reduce Stress

Yesterday, she fed me pizza and french fries and a supersized coffee. Can someone give her information on healthy eating? The sole redeeming factor of the meal was the ketchup on the fries, due to its lycopene content – a powerful antioxidant! So I guess I shouldn’t complain, although the high sugar content made me crazy and stressed for about a half hour. My circuits are malfunctioning; I can’t remember squat. I needed the caffeine in the morning to rev up the neurotransmitters out of doze mode. But now I’m in overdrive and need ultimate anxiety relief!

Today if my owner, my Hurried Person, isn’t running too fast, I might get a real dinner with some grilled chicken (amino acids), brown rice, broccoli and a salad (complex carbs) with olive oil dressing (essential fats). Who am I kidding? If I’m lucky, I’ll get a greasy burger with diet soda pop and a donut for dessert. Sigh…I can’t go on. I’m walking out. Oh, I can’t. I’m her brain.

Food, Mood and Stress: Are They Connected?

Can your food choices be the culprit for bad moods, body tiredness and fuzzy thinking? Do you find yourself getting anxious a few hours after you’ve skipped lunch or after a meal with high sugar content? If so, you’re not alone. Have a good look at your diet. The foods you put into your mouth each day have the potential to offer natural stress, anxiety relief…or misery.

Let food be thy medicine. (Hippocrates, 400 B.C.)

Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals cross the blood brain barrier that protects our brain from bacteria and other invaders. Human beings have survived for eons by eating foods that our beautiful planet has given us. Unfortunately, as a society in the past seventy-five years, we have become addicted to the taste of junk food. Many seem to be lacking facts about healthy eating and how nutrient dense foods encourage superior brain and body health. However, you can change your habits! Remember that healthful food choices are natural stress remedies that soothe your nervous system.

Seven Nutrition Tips for Stress Management

  1. Drink eight glasses of water daily.
  2. Use cold pressed oils, and other healthy fats such as nuts, olives, seeds.
  3. Eat a serving of leafy greens and some beans daily.
  4. Eat four or more servings of vegetables; fresh, cooked or in soup.
  5. Eat two to three servings of fresh fruit daily.
  6. Use whole grain products instead of processed ones.
  7. Eat two to three servings of protein foods daily – i.e. fish, chicken, low fat dairy, soy products, beans or legumes, lean meat choices, whey protein powder.

Give yourself the gift of whole foods – a natural stress remedy. Your mind and body will love the resulting nutrition health benefits.

Rosalie Moscoe gives people the keys to well-being that offer ways to achieve energetic, productive lives. A Stress Managment and Nutritional Consultant, she is author of print and e-book, Frazzled Hurried Woman! Your Stress Relief Guide to Thriving…Not Merely Surviving. Visit our Shop page

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