Alright friends, it’s time for another anxiety tip…#2!
In my last post, tip #1, I shared the importance of recognizing when anxiety shows up. I’m hoping by now all of you have started taking notes in your journals with the points I mentioned, trust me friends, when you start noting the when, where and how things show up it becomes very clear.
So, tip two, the food you eat…
For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know I am a former obese woman. I was heavy for most of my growing up years into my early twenties. Although I have put back on a small amount of the weight, I have maintained a 130-pound weight loss for over two decades. And, darn proud of this one! What I didn’t know for many many years was how impactful the food I was eating was on my anxiety. What I also wasn’t aware of until the last couple years was the impact of food on depression.
Looking back to your journals for a moment, review if you have times your anxiety is sparked after eating. If it is, look at the foods you ate. Are there consistencies? Now I am no medical practitioner, but I can tell you, I have at least four foods I can think of quickly that spark my anxiousness and one of them is considered a “healthy food”. For a long time, I thought, well it’s because I don’t want to go backwards in my weight goals but considering I can eat a burger and sweet potato fries with no sign of anxiety I ruled that out quickly.
The four that impact me quickly, Roasted Almonds (raw almonds do not trigger me?). This one took me to a while to pinpoint but after tracking how my foods were making me feel it became very clear. The other three definitely make sense considering they are far from healthy foods, most refined sugars (of course I think we can all agree that sugars are not exactly good for us), pizza (I figured for a long time that this was due to the bread but bread in itself isn’t a trigger for me so it may be the high sodium content?) and Splenda. Oh, and most recently I was triggered quite significantly by what I thought was a healthy option for a protein bar.
What do the experts say, you ask? Well, from the research I found there are some consistencies but also some differences. The top that came out in all the articles I read:
Natural whole foods, grass fed meat, fruits and vegetables are always the healthiest options!
Finally, let’s look at the other side, what foods are good to reduce anxiety?
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