Monday, November 16, 2009

Food - Mood Connection

The holidays can be a time of immense joy,
yet it also adds additional stress to our already hectic lives .
Our schedules will be bombarded with additional responsibilities.
This added stress can push the limit on our bodies thus affecting our mood.

During this season our body could use some additional help to counter balance the excess load.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Keep blood sugar in check

Many people have some form of blood sugar mood swings. You don't have to consume excess sugar to have a problem. Often it stems from yes, our food choices, but also by not eating regularly. Take the time to eat at least 3 times a day with small snacks.
A handful of nuts or a cup of yogurt is perfect.
Just be sure each meal and snack contain protein.
Protein is the KEY component in regulating blood sugar.
Try to always consume sufficient protein, fiber from whole grains, and healthy fats.
This combo will keep that blood sugar in check which by the way helps your MOOD!
How many of us walk around grouchy when all we needed was a bit of food.

Let's eat regularly and loose the grouch for the Holidays!

Support your Adrenals

Our adrenals are the manufacturers and the gatekeepers of stress hormones. Chronic Stress overworks them. Be sure to get your 8 hours sleep. Preferably starting at 10:00 pm. This is the best reset time for your adrenals. Try this! You will notice the difference in the way you feel at 6-7 am after you have fallen asleep at 10pm as opposed to any time later. This may not always be possible, but take those moments when you can. Your body will be grateful for the benefits from recharging your adrenals. Trust works wonders!
Eating regularly, cutting out or limiting caffeine,
and cutting down on sugar also supports your adrenals.
Never underestimate the power of your Adrenals to either keep you steady or bring you down.
Compromised Adrenals tend to not only bring down your energy...
they bring down your mood or fill you with excess anxiety.
Let's keep those Adrenals happy.

Happy Holidays!

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