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Stress holds us back from being the best we can be

It’s fair to assume you currently have some stress in your life. It’s important

to know what we can do nutritionally to support our health and reduce negative impacts from stress. I’ll outline some of the key points to consider

below:




Eat small and often

In times of stress your body is burning through more carbohydrates for

energy. It’s therefore common for those under stress to experience low

blood sugar levels, as demand for glucose is higher.

This can result in hypoglycemia, or at the very least, to increased cravings

for sugar. Those with high stress levels are typically on a constant blood

sugar rollercoaster and always looking for their next sugar fix. On top

of this, they rely on stimulants such as coffee and sodas to see them

throughout the day.

These uncontrollable food urges are likely to cause overeating, as the body

constantly strives for homeostasis to balance blood sugar levels. And that

overeating generally leads to weight gain.

It is important for those with a sweet tooth to eat regularly throughout

the day, with consistent meal timings. The goal should be to never go

hypoglycaemic.

Meals should be nutritionally balanced with adequate protein, fats and

carbs from high quality food sources. Sugary food, caffeine and alcohol

should be limited as these have a negative effect on blood sugar levels.


Don’t Fast (YET)

Intermittent fasting (IF) has become one of the most debated modern

nutrition protocols, and rightfully so because it breaks a lot of rules. For decades we have been told to eat every 2-3 hours and to eat breakfast upon

waking to ‘kick-start’ our metabolism for optimal body composition and

health. IF goes against this by reducing meal frequency and delaying breakfast.

Many fasting protocols suggest eating less during the day and feasting at

night.

Fasting isn’t a tool I’d recommend for those with high stress levels as