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Intuitively you know the impact of food and stress on your life, but how do you make the right choices when you are late leaving work and have 3 errands to run on the way home before picking up the kids who are already cranky because their dinner is late?
It seems way less stressful to stop at the local fast food joint on the way home, grab a pizza or some burgers and give everyone their quick fix and a full belly, rather than to come home, peel carrots and wash lettuce for a nutritious and whole food dinner.
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Do you know what I'm talking about?
Of course you do, that is why you are reading this page in the first place. So congratulate yourself for seeking solutions. You know that you need a food and stress make-over, you just need a few simple tips.
You keep telling yourself "Tomorrow..."; "Tomorrow I'll get organized and eat better"; "Tomorrow I'll make that home cooked meal for my family".
But tomorrow never comes, because you are stuck in a cycle of chemical stress dependency - that means you are addicted. Just as much as a heroine addict is addicted, you too are seeking a brain chemical 'fix' through the foods you choose.
Well, guess what? Today is your tomorrow. I want you to hold up your right hand and speak aloud the following affirmation: "Today is the day that I choose to change my food and stress habits - today is the day I choose a healthy diet for stress relief".
We should all acknowledge by now the importance of healthy nutrition, but simply knowing that something is true, does not necessarily make you change a habit. If merely knowing that poor food choices are harmful we reduce the number stress related illnesses like adrenal exhaustion and immune system disorders. And I would be out of a job as a weight loss coach!
Food is our fuel for the day, and a diet devoid of proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals will not allow your body to heal and repair itself as it was born to do.
In addition, poor food choices serve to addict us...this is how fast food places stay open...they know that sugar, caffeine, fats and salt keep us coming back.
Take a look at what happens physiologically when we have a food and stress imbalance:
As all of this is happening in your body, each time your reach for a candy bar, a serving of French fries or a cheese burger, you reinforce the food and stress cycle of chemical addictions in your brain and your body...you start to crave sugar and fat to the point that you become highly depressed without a constant reinforced 'fix' or 'high'.
If you haven't seen the movie documentary "Super Size Me", I'd highly recommend it and witness the food and stress cycle in action.
If you are already addicted, although you will have to go through the initial and not so fun detox phase of feeling lethargic and maybe even mildly depressed, making healthy food choices is definitely a no brainer to feeling younger, healthier and having way more energy all day.
Here are some tips on what to look for:
The food and stress trap is one that we all succumb to every now and again. It is ok...enjoy that ice cream Sunday or burger from time to time, but "BE MINDFUL".
Choose nutritious foods and stay out of the stress and food cycle. I guarantee that you will find that you are happier, healthier and full of energy.
Best of luck, and contact me if you need any further assistance.
Yours in Wellness,
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