We all like our ‘comfort’ foods, especially when we are feeling stressed. You know the kind I mean - fast food, big meals, takeout, fatty foods, sweet foods, and alcohol. Let’s face it – we all find some comfort in a tasty meal and a bottle of beer or glass of wine when we stress out or get upset about something.
There is nothing wrong with that in moderation; however, it’s not a good permanent solution.
When you are turning to what you regard as unhealthy foods you can feel better temporarily, but in the long run, you will feel worse. If your body is not getting the right nutrition, you will feel less energetic, more lethargic, and sometimes unable to concentrate and focus. What does that lead to? YES - even more stress.
If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods to choose and which to avoid when it comes to redressing stress and helping you to deal with feelings of anxiety.
With food and nutrition, the best way to stress-less is to have a healthy, balanced diet, which includes each of the different food groups.
Filling up on foods such as whole grains, leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of your diet is the best way to ensure your body gets the optimum amounts of nutrients to fight both physical and mental health problems. When choosing the foods to eat, remember many have a range of magnificent properties that help the body redress stress. Choosing stress-less foods will help to heal and calm your mind permanently, rather than providing a temporary fix.
Some of the best stress-less foods include:
Plan to stress-less
Planning your meals wisely is the key to staying physically fit and healthy, mentally strong, and being able to stress-less. It really helps to know the foods to avoid and the foods that are best to reach for as snacks when you are feeling worried and anxious.
During stress it can be tempting to eat classic ‘comfort foods’ – these are usually foods high in sugar, very starchy, or greasy. However, although these foods can make you feel temporarily better, they will make you feel worse in the long run.
Stress-less snacks include:
When you are dealing with worry or anxiety leading to stress, it is a good idea to make sure you have a selection of stress-less foods in your kitchen. Making sure that your meals include foods such as lean proteins and leafy green vegetables will not only make you feel healthier overall, it will improve your mental health and stress levels, too.
An example of a healthy, stress-less menu:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries / fruit smoothie with avocado and berries
Mid-morning snack: Natural yogurt with fruit /handful of pistachio nuts
Lunch: A whole-grain pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens
Afternoon snack: Dark chocolate
Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables
Before bed: Chamomile tea
There is a saying – “you are what you eat”.
Make sure you are filling yourself up with foods that are good for your mental health.
Everything in moderation - and balance is the key! Stress-less!
Find out how to Redress Stress in 5 easy steps here....
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There is so much information out there, I don't know about you, however; I feel that it's utterly overwhelming at times.
How do we make sense of any of it?
When I am looking for advice...what constitutes an expert?
How do I manage to reconcile what seems logical to me with information and / or recommendations from the powers that be or the experts, which does not seem logical to me?
All of these questions have been going round and round in my head at various times in the last few months (well, to be honest, probably all of my life!)
I have a very clear and simple way to get myself out of the overwhelm state and clarify what is the right thing for me.
It´s called Free Flo Living.
Now I am not saying that it always works first time, or that I always go to it right away.
There are times where, it seems, I like to torture myself a bit, you know, amp up the stress, feed the fear monkey. Anyone empathise with that?
Over the years, though, I have worked at finding out what works for me. I had to, or in all honesty, I would not be sitting here writing this.
What I have discovered is that I am " my expert", YOU are "your expert".
We all know instinctively what is true for us / right for us.
We have an inner knowing that many do not trust because over time it has been contradicted and over-powered by our environment.
We are born with this powerful tool and from our early years are taught to ignore it in favour of people who know better/more than us and, we are told, know better.
Babies come into this world and they are love.
They let us know what they want, when they are happy and when they are not, and they cannot talk yet!
They are the centre of the universe, theirs and the people around them.
Normally, no one judges a baby; no one has any expectations of a baby (except that he/she will sleep, eat, cry, and poop!) There may be expectations of responsibility on the parents but not on the baby.
Then the baby becomes an infant/toddler, and that is when the judgments and expectations begin. There are growth and development markers to meet. Parents feel under pressure and that transfers to the infant/toddler.
Oh yes, and then the infant/toddler grows into a child, and there are even more influences in their environment. School, religion, new friends of their own.
As the child becomes a teenager, the environment changes again, and there are even more influences.
They are now aware of independence, responsibility
and choices and oh, it was so much simpler to be a baby, wasn´t it.
And here we are , all grown up, adults. How did that happen so quickly?
We have control over our own life, don´t we?
We can do whatever we want, can´t we?
Why then do so many people (grown-ups) feel limited, unfulfilled, and unhappy?
Why do so many people feel as though they have no choice and no control?
Simply put, because we do not connect to that inner knowing, we do do not allow ourself to trust that we know best, that we are our own expert.
We all need love, support and connection.
We all need to be able to get advice and knowledge from different perspectives, its how we figure out what works for us.
No one knows everything, and yet, we all know everything; everything that we need to know. We know what makes us happy and what does not.
There are things that happen to us and around us that we have no control over BUT we always have control over how we feel; how we react and respond to anyone and everything.
When you decide to make how you feel the most important thing in your life, you take responsibility; you have response-ability; you be come response-able.
Changes happen when we connect to how we feel and then take 100% responsibility for it.
Take yourself from victim to victor.
Would you like to know more about Free Flo Living? Find out here.
Think for a minute. When you cut yourself, do you worry that it will keep bleeding out and not heal? Usually, the answer to that will be no-we know that in a healthy body, the blood will clot and the cut will heal.
When you break a bone, sometimes you need to have it "set" so it heals properly. The doctor will align the bone to make sure it knits together optimally, but the body does the healing. If you leave the bone misaligned, it will still knit together and heal.
The trick is to know when you need to give your body a bit of help.
Some of the times when you need to help your body are:
In a nutshell, what happens is whenever you get some kind of attack your immune system kicks in to defend you. It has three lines of defence (soldiers) that keep your body safe. Your body is very clever.
It’s Footsie Friday and guess what ...we are talking about FEET!!
Yes, you heard me FEET.
How important are our feet?
Did you know that there are 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot?
Wow, all so well connected and helping us to move, fast, slow and swerve in every which way.
What about the weight they carry around every minute of every day!
So how well do you look after your feet then?
“The human foot is a masterpiece
of engineering and a work of art. “
- Leonardo da Vinci -
Today I am encouraging you to play Footsie, you can share with a partner or go solo and pamper your feet!
The soles of your feet absorb essential oils faster than any other part of the body as well as having reflexology points therefore you can help to strengthen your immune system by massaging with a mix of Olive oil with added Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tee Tree and Lemon essential oils – see the attached recipe.
Do some research too and find what works for you and helps you to “Feel Good” after all - what is the only thing that matters?
“How YOU Feel!”
“If someone wants to suck your toes,
those toes should be worth sucking.”
- Margaret Atwood -
Whatever you do today – have a Fabulous Footsie Friday!
Zoot ♡Zoot ♡ Zoot ♡
It's Thrilling Thursday!
Today we are going to take a look at how to pamper your body, the skin.
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of your body?
Skin is closely linked to your immunity therefore always important and especially at this moment in time.
The skin protects us , helps regulate our temperature, allows us to feel and is vital in the production of Vitamin D.
I´m comfortable in my own skin,
no matter how far it´s stretched... Haha!
- Dolly Parton -
Today I am giving you a recipe for a natural homemade body wash and then a moisturising body oil which will make your skin feel refreshed and so soft. You can choose to add some essential oils of your choice depending on you preference and skin type.
So , carrying on with the theme of these posts I want to say that pampering yourself and taking care of your body is one of the number 1 things you can do to get ready for the lifting of quarantine. Every part of your body has a role to play in your immunity and that immunity is essential to make sure that you and others are well and stay well.
100% responsibility guys, remember its down to you, no one else!
Dressed in the lions skin,
the ass spread terror far and wide.
- Jean de La Fontaine -
And the best thing about it all is that it helps you "Feel Good" and after all
that´s all that really matters.
Have a Thrilling Thursday!
Zoot ♡Zoot ♡ Zoot ♡
Linda Ledwidge -
Qualified General Nurse
Certified Practioner Level IV
Emotion Code Certified
Certified Life Coach