“The right diet can do wonders to reduce stress’s impact on your life.”
(Mark Hyman, MD)
I recently found the Happy Living community through Twitter, and I immediately knew it was something special. The thing I love the most is the Something Significant Podcast, where I can find amazing interviews of people who are doing incredible things in the world.
I just graduated from University of Nova Gorica with the thesis: The analysis of psychosocial risks at the workplace in a selected organization. During my studies, I learned that psychosocial risks and stress are some of the biggest challenges in life, but that they can be successfully managed and prevented with the right approach. Reducing stress in our everyday lives is vital for maintaining our overall health, as it can improve our mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow us to be more productive. So, I’m here to share that message with everyone so that they can take care before burnout occurs.
Although many people are unaware of it, the food we eat or don’t eat can affect the health of our body and our mind. Our body needs a diverse and balanced intake of nutrients to maintain a great state of health and to give our brain the energy to function fully. The foods we eat provide minerals, vitamins and nutrients to our brain and body, and when we don’t eat what is necessary, imbalances start to appear. Additionally, we may be sensitive to certain foods or food components—such as gluten, sugar, selfish, or eggs—and if we don’t recognize those sensitivities, that can cause problems. The fact that we can’t live on pizza, ice-cream, and french fries alone can be easily observed in the appearance of problems like weight gain, trouble focusing, constant fatigue, lack of energy, dull skin, and hair loss, just to name a few.
We really need to opt for a different approach when it comes to the foods we eat.
When we start feeling poorly, physically or mentally, that stress appears in our lives. We hate not feeling okay, and this, in and of itself, induces stress. The biggest mistake people make when confronting stress is not considering what a large role diet plays in how we’re feeling and how stress is manifesting in our lives. Most of us are not aware that what we eat can actually put us in a miserable state and seriously affect our health. Or if we are addressing diet, many of us do it because we want to look good…not necessarily to improve our overall health. As a result, foods that help us to lose weight have become much more important than the foods that actually provide the best nutrition for our body and brain. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight and look better, we have to understand that we need to consider nourishing our mind just as much as we consider how we look and feel in our body. What good is it to be slimmer if you still feel bad?
The human brain is an incredibly complex anatomical mechanism not fully understood by science. It controls the way we feel, how well we can focus, and our energy levels. If our brains are deprived of the nutrients they need, we can’t rid ourselves of the negative states of mind that make it impossible to enjoy life fully on all fronts, no matter how good we look or how thin we are. This is part of the reason why eating just plain salad and drinking water for every meal can make you feel bad, cause fatigue, and affect your ability to concentrate. While the salad is good for weight loss, it does not provide the amount and variety of nutrients necessary for the brain to do its job. And a brain that is not fully functioning won’t be able to give your body the appropriate commands.
If you’re wondering how to begin telling which foods are good and bad for your mental health, you can start by creating a journal in which you jot down everything you eat. This will support you in noticing what foods you’re consuming that may be associated with negative states of mind. For looking great and having a healthy brain, we should focus on enjoying a healthy and diverse diet composed of fresh fruits and vegetables and moderate portions of high-quality meat. That said, everybody is different, which is why it is extremely important to monitor what you’re eating so that you can begin to see what kind of effects it has on your body and mind.
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