What You Eat is Eating You

You are what you eat.  We hear it a million times, but how often have we really stopped to consider the impact food has on our emotions?  When we’re stressed, we reach for a carrot.  Right.  (Insert sarcasm).

I personally believe one of the least understood and applied aspects for dealing with loss, stress, and pain in our lives is our diet.  Sure, there are millions of “diet” or weight-loss strategies and supplements, but the “diet” I am referring to is whether we are getting the nutrients we need to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety.

There is an epidemic of how and what we eat.  How and what we eat is just as important, and sometimes it’s more important than how much we eat.  Rather than delve into the Food Guide Pyramid or more recent nutrition goals, which I actually applaud, the focus of this post is to encourage  you to listen to your intuition, stress levels, and emotions to determine what works well for you.  I’m not encouraging you to throw out the science, but to add your own perception of what you need to the vast knowledge of science.

Of course, just as there are many weight loss programs, there are various approaches or supplements for meeting your emotional and stress challenges.  And there is this official caveat that I am not an expert on nutrition.  So with that grain of salt in mind, consider this:

When was the last time you caught yourself smiling for no reason at all?

When someone offends you, how long do you hold onto that grudge?

How often have you seen the challenges in front of you, and thought, “I’m okay with that”?

If you are not dealing well with stress, it’s likely because you don’t feel well—physically, about yourself, or about others.  But what if you could actually adjust your body chemistry, including those feel good chemicals known as endorphins, through your diet?  If you simply felt better, your response to stress and tragedy would be much better as well!

If what I’m writing resonates with your experience, then I would like to recommend two books for you to consider on your own journey.  The first book, by Julia Ross, The Food Mood Cure, addresses general information about various kinds of mood challenges, including depression, anxiety, and the “blahs”.  If you are looking for a resource to help with anxiety or feeling “wired” all the time, then I think you’ll really like Trudy Scott’s “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution.”








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