Sweets, fast food, fatty and high-calorie foods, alcohol – all this, as it were, helps us survive stress. Actually no, it doesn’t help. And when difficult periods pass and life gets better, we find ourselves with extra kilos of weight.
How to eat during stressful periods in order to maintain health and normal weight?
What we don’t eat
Less sugar! Yes, sweets increase the tone, but in the end they bring down the balance in the body. Failure – clearly not what you need in a stressful situation. In addition, sugar is not the most useful product.
Less coffee. Same story: Coffee, being a stimulant food, throws the body out of its natural rhythm. It increases levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. We definitely don’t need it. Plus, coffee can ruin your sleep. This is unacceptable: sleep is very important, it gives strength and protects against depression.
Alcohol, fast food and any heavy and fatty foods are on the black list: this is an imaginary relaxation and saturation. The benefits are few, but the harm is obvious.
What do we eat
Rich in antioxidants and vitamins that restore our body. The list is long: pumpkin, zucchini, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, cabbage, celery. Let’s say a few words about some of them.
Cabbage. There are glucosinolates that remove not only toxins, but also adrenaline and cortisol. Raw cabbage is especially useful. Cabbage salad is what you need.
Celery. Helps us to produce serotonin, a substance responsible for good sleep and normal mood.
Supports our immune system during stressful times. A couple of slices in a salad or a meat dish is both a benefit and an additional taste.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Few calories, but full of vitamins and fiber. Berries keep sugar from jumping in our blood, reduce the need for sweets and help digestion.
They also monitor our nervous system. Lack of vitamin B6 in the body can lead to sleep problems, depression, and increased stress. To prevent this from happening, include both citrus fruits and whole grains in your diet.
Chocolate. But dark.
Fights stress by releasing beta-endorphins. In addition, dark chocolate prevents us from throwing ourselves on harmful sweets.
Just like chocolate, nuts make you crave less sweets and even out the sugar balance. There are many useful substances in nuts – the same as in oily fish.
Fish (trout, salmon, sardines).
Here you have omega-3 acids, and magnesium and zinc. All this is necessary for the body at any time, not only during periods of stress.
Protector of our vessels, which are endangered during strong experiences.