Have you ever been so stressed and so anxious that you couldn’t focus?
You can’t figure out a solution to your problems, so you just avoid them?
Then, due to this stress, you end up eating anything and everything that’s in front of you, instead of making good food choices?
We’ve all been there. Let’s be honest, I’m there daily. When I’m worried/stressed/anxious, my primitive brain wants carbs and calories, and it wants them FAST. Instead, I have found that taking the time to truly slow down and make good food choices not only helps me reduce my stress, but also clear up my focus.
“What? Reduce stress through food?”
Yes. So, how’s it done? Here are my top tricks for mitigating stress by eating well.
Caffeine, the Double Edged Sword
If I feel I have a busy day ahead of me and I’m coming out of bed already stressed out, I'll start my morning with a supercharged coffee. It is the best way to combat the stress and give me the sustained flow of energy I need to tackle the day.
I blend a cup of coffee with 1 tablespoon each of MCT oil, collagen, and cashew butter.
Too Much is Too Much
However, if I feel particularly stressed, I’ll be sure to only have 1-2 cups of caffeine to avoid any kind of hyperactivity. Having more than this amount makes my stress actually elevate, and is no bueno. So one of these supercharged coffees in the morning is all I need, I'll switch to only tea and water after that!
The Fat is Your Friend
Fat is a crucial macronutrient, and contrary to what the sugar industry wants you to think, it does not make anyone inherently fat.
Stressed? Nourish your brain with one of these:
- Smashed avocado on a rice cake or on homemade bread
- A handful of nuts
- Salad with an extra serving (or two) of olive oil
Your brain will be satiated with any of these and won’t overexcite as it does with quick sugary jolts. The end result is a sustained flow of the strength and focus you need to get through that presentation/meeting/conversation.
Indulge Keto Friendly
Still feel the need to vacuum the contents of your fridge with your mouth? How about a little indulgence??
A good, hearty dark chocolate will help your sweets craving while providing that ever-crucial bit of fat. Pairing the dark chocolate with a comforting cup of herbal tea will give you a bit of self-love while handling the tasks that may be causing you stress.
Still freaked out?
When you can, go outside. Sit in the grass. Breath non-recycled air (even if it’s 90 degrees in the summer or 20 in the winter). Hug a pet. Better yet, hug a friendly human ;)
Obviously, the best offense is a good defense, so make sure to stock your surroundings with these great-for-you stress fighting foods to keep you on your A-game!!
How do you battle stress through food, without letting the food overtake you?
We’d love to hear!