We all deal with stress in our lives and we all experience anxiety from time to time. Did you ever stop and think about good nutrition for stress and anxiety? Believe it or not, it does make a difference. Your mind and body are intricately connected. What you consume can make a difference in your stress and anxiety level.
When I started my first teaching job, I was super busy. I stopped eating well and started reaching for what was handy (usually junk). It didn’t take long for me to begin to feel stressed and anxious. My self confidence plummeted and I didn’t know why. As I look back now, poor nutrition was a big part of the problem
According to Rosehaven Cottage Kitchens, complex carbohydrates (like you find in whole wheat bread) will produce seratonin during the digestive process. Those are the feel-good chemicals your brain uses to communicate. Seratonin tells your brain to feel happy. If your brain lacks it..not as happy.
Other nutrients your body needs to make you less anxious and stressed are things like vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids, folic acid and vitamin D. Highly processed “junk” foods lack these nutrients.
Eating foods high in these nutrients will help to lower your stress and anxiety level. A nutritional supplement like Shakeology also contains complex carbs and most of the above vitamins and minerals you need to lower your stress and anxiety levels.
So the next time you are feeling stressed and anxious, think about what you have been putting into your body and make some positive changes!
My pyramid is gone and Michele Obama has ushered in my plate. It’s a simpler way to keep track of of your nutrition at each meal. It’s still color coded and it still says basically the same thing. It’s just repackaged. I think this version will be a lot easier to use and the visual may help with America’s portion distortion. When I took a look at it (myplate.gov) it seamed like all the blocks were pretty much the same size. The vegetable and grain plate wedges were a little larger than the protein and fruit plate wedges. The dairy is smaller and in the shape of a glass to the side of the plate. Note that half of your meal should be made up of fruits and vegetables. Fats, oils and sweets are not part of the plate. This means they should be used sparingly. Vegetables loaded up with butter and sauces are missing the point. So are fruits covered in sugar and syrup. Half of grains should be whole grains. The white stuff alone won’t cut it. Filling half your plate with french fried and ketchup and calling it veggies, well, you’re just fooling yourself.
The moral of the story is use the plate as a reference along with your common sense and it should help you to eat a more nutritios, more balanced meal. Now who is going to make a million dollars manufacturing kid’s “My Plates” to sell to the public??
My family loves this steak salad in the summertime. It’s cool on a hot day and tastes delicious!
Sirloin steak (about 3 ounces per person)
One bag of Dole hearts of romaine lettuce
One bag of Dole spring mix
One box cherry tomatoes
One container of feta cheese
Your favorite low fat or low calorie dressing. I like Kraft Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
Cook steak on grill to your desired doneness. Cut into bitesize pieces and cover with foil. Toss lettuce, halve the cherry tomatoes and add to lettuce. Sprinkle with feta cheese and toss. Add the steak and toss again. Dress with your favorite dressing. Serves four.
Are you one of those people who skips breakfast? Do you tell yourself it will help you lose weight? Do you tell yourself you just don’t have time? Well, stop it already! You are doing the nutritional equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m sure you have heard that before, but maybe you just aren’t listening. Your body has had no food (and no nutrients) all night. You need to “break your fast” in the morning. If you don’t, you are running on an empty tank. Your blood sugar will be low, your brain won’t function properly and you will be mentally sluggish.
Now here comes midmorning and you are starving! You will eat anything to cut the growling in your belly and you usually do. That donut someone left in the staffroom, those Famous Amos Cookies in the vending machine or that high calorie breakfast burrito you ordered when someone ran around the corner to get coffee. Now you have filled up on empty sugar and simple carbohydrate calories. This fills your belly, but these are nutrient poor foods. Your body is still hungry because you didn’t feed it the fuel it needs. You only gave it empty calories. Gain you spell WEIGHT GAIN??
Here’s a better idea. Eat a breakfast that includes complex carbs and protein. This will give your body what it needs to power you through the morning. You won’t be starving by 10 a.m. If you are a little hungry, try some high protein light snacks like nuts or cheese to get you through until lunch. You will now have the energy and mental clarity to work productively through your day.
Short on time? Prepare a nutritious breakfast a night ahead. Have the whole wheat toast and the peanut butter laid out on the counter. Hard boil an egg you can eat with your whole grain cereal and skim milk. That’s not going to add big blocks of time to your morning and think of the nutrition and health benefits. If you want something quick and easy to fix that has lots of nutrients you need for you crazy day, check out Shakeology. I drink this stuff every day and it only costs about $4.00 per meal.