Can Changing the Way You Eat Reduce Anxiety?
What you eat matters more than most people realize. I don't know about you, but I can tell a huge difference in the way my body functions when I'm not eating well (or not eating enough). When you think about it, the food that we consume is our body's fuel source, so when we don't eat the right types of food our bodies respond in a negative way. Switching up the types of foods that you eat will not only change the way you feel, but it'll help reduce anxiety and help your body function properly.
We want to keep this blog short and sweet so we're telling you the top three things you can RIGHT NOW to change the way you eat and reduce anxiety.
1. Drink Water Often
Most people (myself included) have problems drinking enough water. Your body is constructed of 60% water so it makes sense that this is a necessary element of your diet. It can be easy to reach for a soda or another cup of coffee before picking up a glass of water, but the benefits of drinking water are far beyond the brief satisfaction of a sugary beverage. Dehydration can lead to an increase of anxiety and leave you feeling irritable. Staying hydrated will also help you curb hunger which will assist you in stopping unnecessary snacking. You see? Water is an underrated superhero that we all need more of.
2. Stop Eating Processed Foods
This seems like a no brainer, but processed foods seem to be more prevalent than ever before. When we're consuming processed food, our blood sugar becomes unstable which can lead to spikes in energy and drops in our emotions. The result? A lot of anxiety. If you want to break the nasty cycle of having anxiety attacks, then cut down (or more preferably, completely cut out) processed foods.
3. Eat Nutrient Rich Foods
Again, this might seem simple, but it's a lot harder to reach for the broccoli when the ice cream is calling your name. Try raising your protein and (healthy) fat intake. This will really help lift your mood and provide lasting energy all day. Incorporating these healthy proteins, fats, and carbs will help you stay full longer and give you a lot of energy without the crash. It's a win, win!
Don't just stop with these three tips. This is just the building block ( and trust me, we're all still trying to work on it one step at a time). I've said it before and I'll say it again, any positive change is a win! If you want want to make a lasting change in your lifestyle and diet, check out our 5 Steps to Living a Non-Toxic Lifestyle blog! We dive deep into specific things you can do right now to start making positive change! Happy Toxic Tuesday, friends!