Sunday, April 14, 2024

Three Easy Tips for Eating when Stressed

One of the biggest challenges my clients have is eating well when they are stressed. Did you know that your digestive tract has a brain and can sense stress? You’ve probably had the feeling of a knot in your stomach. Well, when times get tough, it’s only natural that we want to fill up on food so we can numb the stress receptors. And guess what? Heavy foods can have that numbing effect, so no wonder why many people over indulge.

To help you stay healthy in stressful times, I offer you three easy tips:

  1. Hemp. I am talking about the legal kind here — the wonderful hemp seeds you can buy at any Whole Foods. These little nuggets are rich in magnesium — THE calming mineral! I like to bring a bag of hemp seeds with me and sprinkle them on my salad or just to eat as a snack. Hemp seeds contain large amounts of protein and will help you avoid your craving for junk food. Nutiva Hempseeds — http://amzn.to/2aZHXUj 
  2. Meditation! Even 5 minutes of slow breathing can help “un-tie” the knot in your stomach and keep you relaxed. So, before ordering a big bowl of heavy pasta, excuse yourself to the bathroom and take a few minutes to take slow, deep breaths. Send love to your body and repeat this: “All is well. I am safe. I choose foods that love me back.” Simple affirmations have been shown to have a positive impact on your body and digestion. Check out these power-thought cards that are great to refer to when you need a boost of inspiration.http://amzn.to/2aW1Dxd
  3. When all else fails, I choose to have a few sips of red wine. Before ordering my food, I’ll sometimes ask the waiter to give me a sample of their pinot noir or another red wine. It takes just a few sips to help me relax, unwind and calmly order a healthy meal. Stick to a very small amount — a large dose of any alcohol can either inhibit your ability to choose your food wisely or it can over-stimulate your body, making you more stressed. If you don’t drink wine, then try a 1-ounce piece of dark chocolate and let it melt in your mouth instead chewing it. Dark chocolate also has nerve-calming magnesium, endorphin-boosting caffeine and small amounts of sugar that can uplift your mood. Try Trader Joe’s dark chocolate triangles that come in travel-friendly tins.

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

Alina Z.
Alina Z.http://alinaz.com
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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