Stressed? Your Diet May Be the Cause

Stress is a leading factor in a lot of our health problems and to treat it we tend indulge in something good to eat. But it’s time to put down the comfort food because this may be the reason you are unable to reduce your stress.

In our fast-paced environment, it is easy to get overwhelmed and stressed. When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, you tend to indulge in comfort food to feel better. Comfort food is typically something high in fat and sugar which makes you feel good after a long hard and stressful day. Ironically, these foods can make you feel lethargic and lazy which potentially leads to more stress. If you’ve experienced something called “The Itis” you know how exhausted you feel after chowing down on a large fatty meal. Stress can affect your overall wellness, and in order to reduce your stress, you need to be mindful of the types of foods you put into your body.

Instead of indulging in highly processed and fatty foods when you feel stressed, eat fruits, vegetables, and foods that are higher in fiber. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, carbohydrates, and vitamins that we need to give us the energy to get through our days and deal with stress in a healthy manner. These foods also contain antioxidants which help strengthen your immune system and will help you feel better overall. You won’t feel so sluggish after eating these foods and will have more energy to deal with the daily stresses of life.

When you feel tired and stressed it can be easy to order a sugary drink from Starbucks with loads of caffeine, but eventually the energy you get from the caffeine and sugar fades, and you then crash once it finally wears off. If you avoid more fatty meals, you may not experience as much lethargy and will not need the caffeine. Caffeine and sugar is only a temporary solution to feeling tired and can cause more problems if taken too much. Instead of drinking coffee, drink fruit infused water. Cut up some berries, lemons, and cucumber and drop it in your water. Not only is this water deliciously refreshing, but the antioxidants from the fruit will give you energy for the day.

So, while these foods are supposedly comforting, they can make us feel worse in the long run. The foods we eat can have a significant effect on our overall wellness, and it is essential to be mindful of what you feed your body. Stress is a daily part of life, but if we have more energy, we can reduce the amount of stress we feel and have a better mood overall.