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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If anyone had asked me about the "C" word in 2019, I would have replied that I did not use that word, and please do not use it in my company. Today in 2021, I say the same even though I know it's not the same word they referred to in 2019, and it is the hot topic in all conversations, therefore unavoidable most days, so I had to find a way to live with it and stay sane and healthy.
The thing about the "C" word is that it causes so much anxiety, defensiveness, separation, and hopelessness in so many. This, in turn, leads to tension and stress.
When medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related, it makes sense to avoid unnecessary stress.
How to do that in today's environment?
What if there was a way?
What if I told you that you had all the tools you needed to relieve and redress stress?
You were born with these tools.
You do not need to go out and buy them.
All you have to do is identify them, access them, and unleash them.
Would you want to know more?
Find out how free flo living can help you to to restore your body´s natural equilibrium -leading to optimal health & wellness.
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We are all living within constant change which we at times find exciting, challenging, motivational and inspirational while at other times fell may feel anxious, stressed, angry, worried and even defeated.
With these changes in our world often our thoughts and emotions feel like they are on a roller-coaster racing up and down and twisting every which way. This eventually becomes totally overwhelming.
Have you ever wanted to just - stop that thought from going round and round in your head? let go of the worry, anxiety and stress of it all?
How awesome would it be to have the ability to do just that?
Believe it or not, we cannot have more than one thought at a time, seems inconceivable doesn´t it when your head is spinning and it feels like the thoughts are all queued up and even jumping the queue!
There is much debate about the number of thoughts we have in a day, however - it´s a lot!
Most "experts" do agree that up to 80% of those thoughts are negative and they even suggest that a whopping 95% are repetitive thoughts, exactly the same as the day before. This isn´t too surprising when we look at our daily routines.
So the BIG question is how do we take some control of our thoughts to help us relax and feel happier more often?
The first step is to make the decision to do just that. Yes, I know it sounds too simple however, it´s true. The one thing we have absolute control over is how we feel, doesn´t feel like it, does it?
We have the choice every second, of every minute, of every day how we feel, how we react or respond to anything.
When you begin to connect to your feelings with this understanding your life will change - for the better!
We are all very different, we have unique perspectives and reactions to the world around us and this means that what works for one person will not necessarily work for you nonetheless, there is always something that will work.
so, if you would like to feel better more of the time, let´s look at some ways that will help:
Proper breathing is the MOST beneficial thing that you can do for your physical and emotional health.
We use this all the time without realising it. Your subconscious mind is in constant communication with your breath. Breath gives us life and optimal health.
The first thing we do when we enter this world is inhale and the last thing we do before we gain our Angel Wings is exhale.
When you practice breathing consciously you oxygenate the cells and tissues of your body and you create and maintain flow.
Breathing practice can:
When we are flowing, we feel good….it´s that simple!
When we are in pain, stressed or anxious we have a tendency to hold our breath or breathe shallow breaths. This sends a distress signal to our brain that we are not feeling safe and relaxed, and can make the situation worse.
By using breathing exercises we can avoid this and also promote better health and emotional peace.
As soon as you take a focused, conscious breath the message is sent that you are safe; your body floods with endorphins which make you feel relaxed and increase well-being.
One of the simplest breathing exercises is to focus on the out breath; when you blow that breath out through the mouth it´s like releasing the air from a balloon or opening a valve, you can feel the tension leaving the body. Try it!
2. THE 3-3-3- RULE
When you feel anxious, worried or have thoughts spinning in your head the 3-3-3 rule helps to shift the focus which helps to reduce the feelings.
As with every tool, the first thing you do is take a deep breath; immediately your body chemistry will change.
3. WALK / RUN / EXERCISE
When we initiate the stress response the body releases adrenaline and we get a "buzz". The physical act of moving helps to use up the adrenaline, makes us focus on breathing (we do not actually realise that we are focused on breath) and so communicate to our subconscious that we are in control.
4. ACTIVATE THE TRIPLE WARMER
Have you ever noticed people standing with their legs slightly apart and holding their wrist either in front or behind them? This stance is a natural way in which we calm ourselves. There is an energy meridian that runs through the body called the triple warmer. This meridian controls our fight or flight response. When you hold your wrist and breathe you are again communicating that you are safe. It´s a tool you can use anywhere and is highly effective!
Tapping on the body´s energy meridians effectively sends a message to the brain that says “ I am safe” , "there is no threat" and the brain then takes the body out of the “FIGHT OR FLIGHT “ mode.
There are many tapping techniques that you can use, here is mine:
REMEMBER to breathe throughout.
These are some simple tools to use and there are many more.
If you would like some help please feel free to contact me here.
Wherever you are , whatever you are doing, have an awesome day!
So Why does Tapping work?
by Linda Anne Ledwidge
Our body is an amazing machine, it is constantly regenerating, self-healing, self medicating and working to ensure the continual flow of blood and oxygen to all the organs and to maintain a balance of all the hormones and chemicals produced within. Our body does this naturally............until we get in the way.
Are you aware that at least 95% of all illness and disease is caused by the way we REACT to ....
Stress occurs when your mind believes that you are in some kind of danger – whether emotional or physical.
Your body pumps adrenaline into your system to give you a boost.
This is called the “fight or flight” response.
The ideal scenario is that only life threatening situations trigger the stress response in our body which allows us to act quickly with less thought and faster reflexes.
However in our society the stress response is often triggered by a ringing phone, a deadline, a boss, a family member, watching television or any number of other non-life-threatening situations.The long-term effects of continual stress are dangerous – even deadly – to our health and happiness, and, as you can see, stress is everywhere.
Some common effects of excessive stress:
Tapping on the body´s energy meridians (using some of the Acupuncture points ) effectively sends a message to the brain that says “ I am safe” , "there is no threat" and the brain then takes the body out of the “FIGHT OR FLIGHT “ mode. We then become relaxed and allow the body to do what it does naturally.
How to Tap
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My challenge to those of you who are up for it is to notice what your body is telling you.
Over the next week notice how you react to different people and situations.
Do you spend more time in a heavy body or a light body?
What feels better to you?
Let me know how you get on, and remember…. you always have a choice!
If you would like to know more about FasterEFT and how to FLIP IT please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
You can also see FasterEFT guru Robert G. Smith at work here.
Linda Ledwidge -
Qualified General Nurse
Certified Practioner Level IV
Emotion Code Certified
Certified Life Coach