We all have felt stress, we can feel it in our body literally from our shoulders, back, head to our stomach, stress can come from outside sources, but it can also be increased in the inside. Have you ever stopped for a minute and think about how everything we eat impacts our body?
Everything we eat affect our body, from the inside out, how we look, how we feel, our energy levels, our ability to concentrate.
Our relationship with food has changed throughout the years, nowadays many of us use it as comfort food we´ve found it to be a great coping mechanism to deal with outside stress and pressure but we´re not considering that those unhealthy decisions are causing more problems. When we´re stressed out we´ll look for foods that makes us feel better and typically highly processed foods get this done, they makes us feel better by giving us a rush of feel good chemicals and then the crash comes, we want more of those foods and we end up in a negative cycle that keeps us feeling stressed and can even lead to depression.
Every time we eat highly processed foods our body doesn´t know what to do with them, it is not design to digest processed foods that lack nutrition and one of its responses is inflammation as a way to protect us from something harmful or toxic and our body sees those unhealthy foods as something that can be harmful for us.
Inflammation is a response of stress and even when we can experience inflammation for short periods of time nowadays we´re dealing with it for long periods of time which is chronic inflammation and chronic inflammation is related to many health problems like insulin resistance, obesity and others.
We all have suffered from digestive problems like bloating, stomach pain, cramps, heartburn and it can go to something worse like leaky gut the problem in most cases is an unhealthy diet. Most of us eat too much highly processed food every single day which doesn´t give our body the nutrients it needs to function properly, and they can cause more problems by putting our body in a defensive and protective mechanism.
Everything we put in our body will have an impact inside and outside of our body, we all know that highly processed foods are bad for us the problem is that it´s not easy to eliminate them from our diet or avoid them but we need to find ways to reduce them as much as possible, there are foods that will make us look and feel great and there are some foods that will make us feel bad; even whole, fresh, healthy foods. Some foods can make us feel bloated or we may have stomach pain like cauliflower in my case, some foods can cause acne like dairy in some people or peanuts.
If everything we eat has an impact on our body then food can cause stress if we make the wrong choices which most of us do by choosing unhealthy, highly processed and refined foods but if we make the right choices then food can lower stress, lower inflammation, food is actually medicine. What we eat alters our brain, our mind and research show that our choices in every meal can make depression and anxiety worse or it can lower them.
If we want our body to respond and perform at peak we need to make sure that we´re giving it the nutrients it needs and the ones that it can use more efficiently, we need to listen to it and make it as simple as possible. We get enough stress from outside sources, so we need to make sure that we don´t increase stress with what we eat.
For your next meal make a good choice, go for something cooked with fresh ingredients or go for a healthy snack like nuts and seeds and see how you feel.
We all know which ones are the healthy foods we should be eating so make a challenge, for this week eat only whole, fresh foods and avoid unhealthy highly processed and refined foods and focus on how you feel. Focus on progress not perfection, avoiding unhealthy foods is difficult so take it one meal at a time and if for any reason you make the wrong choice just move on and think about your next meal, with time you´ll develop the habit you need to make the right choice most of the time and you´ll see that you can still enjoy your favorite dishes and snacks. To make the challenge easier focus on just one meal, if you have unhealthy breakfast like cereal make it healthier by having some eggs cooked any way you prefer with healthy ingredients or if you don´t have time then focus on dinner and make sure you prepare your dinner with healthy ingredients.
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