Food and exercise can be your best medicine or enemy. Learn how to eat specific foods that will enhance your feelings of goodwill. Help to avoid comfort eating and those nasty sugar spikes with a healthy eating plan and workouts.
Why do we ‘Comfort Eat’?
When we are stressed, sad, tired or just had a traumatic experience we usually reach for carbohydrate and sugar rich foods.
I’m not talking about lovely sweet fruit here but rather chocolate, fizzy drinks and cake.
Foods that fill us up quickly like pastas, potatoes and bread.
Tryptophan is an amino acid found in many foods. Carbohydrate foods act on stored tryptophan and insulin is produced. This in turn boosts your serotonin levels.
Serotonin makes you feel sleepy and relaxed. The best part, it takes all of 30 minutes!
The Vicious Circle of Sugar Spikes
We are feeling rundown, lacking energy and miserable. So what do we do? We reach for a fizzy drink and chocolate.
Why? Because it almost instantly gives us a boost and makes us feel better.
What happens though when it wears off and drops us even lower than before? Well if it made us feel so good the first time, then surely it will make me feel better the next time?
Yes it will once again lift you but it will drop you even lower the next time.
If you do not break the circle, you will get deeper and deeper into the false ups and then the bottomless pit.
How to avoid both these pit falls by eating correctly.
Certain foods will give you a natural high and feeling of euphoria without the negative effects. They will also not adversely affect your health.
These foods should be a part of your daily eating plan and will help to avoid depression, stress and anxiety. They will also help you to cope better during difficult periods.
Feel Good Foods
- Fatty fish
- Vitamin B12 and folic acid rich foods such as fish, oysters, beans, nuts, leafy veg and dairy products
- Chia and flax seeds. Walnuts, brazils and cashews
- Berries, bananas and oranges
- Sweet potato
- Quinoa and hemp
- Romaine lettuce
- Dark Chocolate
- Pro biotic rich foods such as kefir. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut. Yoghurt
Exercise and the Role it Plays.
Remember of course that good nutrition should always be coupled with exercise.
Next time you feel like reaching for that chocolate or plate of fries, rather get up, go outside and be active. Exercise will release the feel good hormone endorphin.
This will leave you feeling content and satisfied. It will not drop you like sugar and the euphoria will endure.
Food and exercise are far cheaper than medical bills so make them your friend and let them work for you rather than against you. Healthy eating and being active can be both preventative of illness and your best medicine should you need it.