When we usually think of stress, food is not usually at the top of our list as causing stress. But, recent research studies indicate that there may be a connection between what we eat and how we cope with stress. As almost half of our population complains of some form of stress, stress has become a major concern for many people. Not only is stress a concern, but if affects our immune system, causes illnesses and disease, causes us to age faster and shortens our lives. People with the most stress sometimes are not even aware of how much stress they are experiencing.

If you tend to eat when you are feeling stressed, then you are not alone. Most people desire to load up on their “comfort” foods when feeling like stressed. This is your body’s biological reaction to stress. It is trying to fill a powerful need with food. In order to manage those periods of stress, it is important to understand that craving your comfort food is your body’s reaction to stress. Your body is seeking pleasure from the foods you are consuming. Just as important is realizing the difference between food cravings and actual hunger. If you have constant food cravings, recognize this as a possible stress warning sign.

There are some foods that are beneficial to us whenever we feel stressed and there are foods that act as stressors which can add to negative moods and anxiety.

Foods that aid us during times of stress include fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if possible, nuts and seeds, fiber, protein, whole grain foods and oil-rich fish. Of course, if any of these foods cause allergies, then they would not be the best for you. Water is extremely important so that we keep our bodies hydrated. In times of stress, we sometimes forget to drink water. What this means is pure water. This doesn’t mean iced tea or scotch and water. Filtered or spring water is the best. Some plastic containers may contain undesirable elements and therefore using glass containers is the best. These types of foods are mood enhancers.

Remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as this gets your metabolism going for the day. Skipping breakfast will cause fatigue later in the day and sometimes mood swings. Experiment with foods that you eat on a regular basis and notice how it makes you feel about 30 minutes after eating.

So, when you are feeling stressed, instead of reaching for that soft drink or chocolate candy bar, try drinking water or eating an apple. Your body will thank you for it.

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Author's Bio: 

She uses energy-based therapies for trauma release work with success for people suffering with PTSD or for anyone who has had a traumatic experience in their lives. When working with Volunteers of America, Sue was able to provide sessions for disaster relief workers dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in La.

She has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations, as well as presenting at state conferences. Sue has written articles on energy work for alternative and complementary newsletters and online publications.

She has developed material and has been a trainer for education classes for child care, stress management seminars and subtle body energy workshops.

She has been able to integrate energy based therapies into local hospital’s operating and recovery rooms as well as providing these therapies to newborn babies at a local hospital. As a volunteer at health fairs and cancer survivor retreats offering energy based therapies, Sue has gained experience in dealing with a variety of health challenges.

Sue teaches Care for Self and Subtle Body Energy classes at a local career College and has helped conduct workshops with local hospitals and hospice for caregivers. She is in private practice in Louisiana. She is available for distant healing sessions.
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