Your Thoughts And Food Choices Can Help Fight Stress

Hello all.

Dr Brad here again and today we will continue our discussion on how to fight pandemic stress.

We already talked about cardio-vascular exercise and resistance (muscle training) exercises but two other things we must also consider are your mindset and your food choices.

Now, I am not an expert in either one of these areas but I think I can give you some good direction here.

Our brains process 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts every single day. And make no mistake; your body is listening to every single one of them. There are many, many studies citing how negative and fear-based thoughts have a detrimental impact on one’s body including your immune system.

And with the way things are right now during this whole pandemic thing, I am sure a lot of us are entertaining more negative thoughts than we typically would.

Let’s keep this in mind though; worrying about the future is quite pointless because no-one has a crystal ball. No- one can predict what will happen tomorrow.

A wise man told me many years ago that 95% of the things you worry about never come true in the first place and the 5% that do are never as bad as you thought they would be.

Similarly, dwelling in the past is also pointless because your past does not equal your future.

Focus instead on being present in the moment where you are free from self-judgement. Focus on the here and now. This is where you will find more inner-peace and calmness.

Meditation is also beneficial if you can find some quiet time for yourself throughout the day. And there is nothing wrong with teaching your children how to meditate. This is common practice in many cultures.

But, if you or anyone in your family is struggling with anger issues, depression or anxiety and you think professional help is in order, please reach out to me and I will refer you to one of my colleagues here in Burlington.

Regarding food choices, it is very easy to reach for those comfort foods in times of stress. The chips, crackers, soft-drinks, sweets, breads, pasta; let’s put alcohol on that list too.

All of these will mess with your blood sugars and your hormones leading to mood swings, weight gain and also predispose you to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

Some people really struggle with making healthy food choices. It takes a lot of discipline. If you are one who struggles with your food choices, try this.

Six days in a row eat really healthy food. Lots of fresh veggies, the occasional piece of fruit, healthy protein and healthy fats (seeds, nuts etc.).

Then on the seventh day, which we will call your cheat day, this is when you can eat your favorite junk foods.

You will be doing your mind and your body a huge favor!

Next time we will talk about how spinal alignment, flexibility and posture can help you fight stress.

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