Keep calm

 

I have to come back to stress for several reasons. Firstly the more reading I do on the subject the more apparent it becomes that stress, weight-gain and hormonal imbalance are all very closely related and in our age group these issues are key to our health and wellbeing. Secondly I know that we all suffer from stress, many of us on a daily basis.

 

The good thing is that a diet high in many of the foods promoted by the LCHF diet and in particular:

  • Cruciferous vege – broccoli, cauliflower, spinach
  • Flaxseeds (linseeds), sesame seeds
  • Organic or non-grain fed meats, seafood, and poultry. Note that most beef in NZ is grass fed, however organic is a good option
  • Healthy natural fats

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 and low in

  • Processed carbohydrates
  • Sugar
  • Industrial oils

can contribute to reducing hormonal imbalance and stress.

Move more

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and take time out for yourself

  • Go for a walk with a friend or on you own
  • Just move more throughout your day. If possible stand at work (or home) for longer periods
  • If you are already an avid exerciser keep it up, even when things get tough.]

Eat mindfully

  • Eat wholefoods (LCHF based)
  • Make your food own when possible
  • Be prepared for unexpected and often stressful situations where you won’t have access to good wholesome low carb options. Carry water, nuts, and if takeaway and processed foods are your only option, choose the best option (salads, yoghurt and I have been known to buy sandwiches and rolls and eat the filling , discard the bread)

Sleep well:

There are many issues that we are all dealing with that are not that easy to fix or manage and it is always tempting to drop the health behaviours that are actually most important in times of high stress.  I can’t help you deal with stress but I hope I have helped you to understand the impact that it is having on all other health behaviours. You won’t relieve stress over night, but as the study draws to an end this is a key consideration in knowing that you can continue on this pathway permanently. If you do these three things well;

  • Eat, Sleep, and Move

 

14th May, 2014
Posted in: Womens Health

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