It’s been a hot minute! I wanted to write about Stress Anxiety and Food today. Recently I’ve had a lot of stress and anxiety. As a result it has affected my eating habit. I’ve been really focused on work and projects I have going on the past couple of months. I’ve been waiting for feedback and because of the waiting process I’ve been stressed and anxious. All the stress and anxiety has affected my appetite unfortunately.
I remember when I was taking anatomy course in college I would get so stressed out for the exam that I would lose my appetite. I’d take my exam or practicum of the day, step out of the classroom and it would hit me hard that I’m starving and dizzy. I’d go straight to the cafeteria and get myself noodles to eat. This is sooo unhealthy !!! First, I was keeping my body from nutrients I need on the daily. Second, I was making unhealthy food choices because at that moment I just wanted to eat and my choices were usually carbs. No Bueno….
Over the years I’ve learned how to managed through stressful and anxious times. These techniques are ones I’ve discovered for myself. Everyone is different and should do what works best for them.
1) Breath: Take a deep breath
2) Understand: Usually there is nothing we can do about a situation or when we are in a waiting phase.
3) Go for a walk: I usually will go for a walk or if I feel like driving, I’ll go spend some time at the beach.
4) Food: With the way I am it is usually hard for me to eat a meal. I’ve learned that I can snack when I’m stressed out or anxious. I make healthy decision with my snacks. I’ll have a yogurt or scrambled eggs for breakfast usually. Throughout the day I can eat fruits, avocado, nuts. During dinner time I’ll put together a quick mixed green salad with fruits and if I have canned protein with low sodium I’ll toss that in the salad as well. Also remember to stay HYDRATED!! This way I’m not starving for days like I usually did during my early years of college AND at the same time I’m snacking and they are healthy!
Most of the time things are not in the control of our hands, but in the control of the universe. Don’t neglect your temple (body) by consuming it of stress or anxiety. Feel the emotions, accept them, but don’t let it control over your life. XO SimplyCaliGal