What has food to do with stress? A body which is not well fed will not be able to function well during stress periods in life. What you feed your body with will show how much strength you will have to fight crisis, illnesses and the like.
What are you feeding you body with in the morning? Is it toast with jam or marmalade or do you prefer a healthy serial without any containing or/and added sugar? Eating carbohydrate in the morning is not a bad idea but the question is what kind of carbohydrate are you consuming? There are at least two kinds of carbohydrate. The first ones are those which pull up your blood sugar very fast and afterwards will have you blood sugar drop down as fast as it has risen. The second ones are rising your blood sugar as well but much slower and therefore are a lot healthier for your body because the stress is reduced. Now you might guess which is which? Having oats flakes or spelt flakes for breakfast is a very good idea. Adding some yoghurt, quark and some fruits and you will have a great breakfast with carbohydrates and proteins. Why are proteins important for every meal along the way? Proteins help you to eat three meals a day. They last long before your stomach has digested them. Therefore it is important that you eat as much as you can at any meal of the day to stay full as long as possible. Do not be afraid of putting on weight. It will not happen because of the long breaks in between.
Why did I say do not add any additional sugar and use ingredients without sugar? Because sugar lets you bood sugar excellerate in an unhealthy way and drop again very fast. Firstly, it will make you tired and secondly, it will make you hungry quite fast. Because of the same reason you are supposed not to eat much to no toast, white bread. Instead enjoy whole wheat bread with cottage cheese and other kinds of cheese.
For the rest of the day you may eat lots of vegetables or to say it with other words: eat as many veggies as you like. Do not eat many fruits at midday. You might be very happy when I tell you that you are allowed a few carbohydrates like a handful of potatoes, rices and what ever you like. When you are a sweet person and tend to eat sweets between meals eat a dessert instead, because else wise the body understands your sweets like a new meal.
I advice you to eat chickpeas, beans, quinoa and so on instead of potatoes, rice, etc. These carbohydrates will rise you blood sugar more slowly and it will not go up as far as without high-fibre carbohydrates.
And as I mentioned before add a good portion of proteins to you meal. It may be meat but it may be a good idea to think about where you buy your meat. Does it have to be pork meat or may it be beef or a chicken as well? What about a tasty fish? Look for a fish which is not too creasy. The fish of course should not be breaded. You might as well have eggs or quark again with your meal.
You might observe that you are getting thirty. To digest proteins your body will need additional water. But I like Coke and lemonade you might think now. Yes, but with these drinks you push up you blood sugar again and you would like to reduce your bodily stress. When you are in stress you will notice that you easily put on weight. That has to do with your immun system on one hand and on the other hand you might have the feeling not having time to cook, even though your body asks for more calories, especially carbohydrates because your concentration span is reduced. Eating high fibre carbohydrates helps your body to calm down and to relax and to improve your concentration. Therefore it is important to look for high quality food in times of high stress.
When I am coming home I am tired and not willing to start cooking again might be your argumentation now. Well why not eat a salad with chicken breast, or have scrambled eggs with sweet pepper, mushrooms and maize? In the evenings you should not eat any carbohydrates at all, because they are heavy to digest at night.
This is a difficult subject. I talked about sugar already and instead of soft drinks it is better to drink plain water even not sparkling. Now I have a good news. Why not drink tea without sugar? Today there are so many kinds of tea that you can have tea with nearly every tastes you can imagine. That means that you have a great choice of beverages, because if you make yourself a tea and cool it down it is like a soft drink without sugar.
You might ask why should I not drink diet coke, etc.? To say it with the words of a client: “I used to drink lots of diet coke and lemonade and look what I look like today.” He was really fat and changed his eating and drinking habit to reduce his weight because he knew he would face health problems in the near future.
What about coffee and black tea?
Sorry to say, but they are no good for you. Instead take not too much green tea. The theine of coffee and back tea pushes your concentration for a few hours to a peak and afterwards falls quickly down and make you feel tied and exhausted. After that time you drink the next coffee to push your concentration up again and repeat that all day. When you drink a coffee, black tea in the morning there is no subject to stress yourself but being in a situation of stress you will tend to drink more coffee and black tea in hope to be more productive and that will not work because of the frequency you stress your neurotransmitters in your brain. Therefore be very careful with your consumption of these drinks. I think I do not need to mention the energy drinks…
If stress is a subject for you, I am able to counsel you on your subject. Before we will work together, you may book a free counselling interview in which we get to know each other.