On those days where you’re not feeling at your best, do you wish you could eat something that will make you feel good both physically and mentally? I think we all have these kind of days where our mind is racing and we feel exhausted. In this week’s blog, I’ll go through some of the reasons why our body doesn’t always respond well in stress situations and we’ll explore some potential solutions. At the end, I’ll share with you a simple vegan cabbage soup that will restore and nourish your body.
Your Body and stress are frenemy
First, we need to understand that stress is actually good for us.
Stress is a signal that something unusual or different is happening in our life. Does it mean it’s bad? Not at all. Your feelings rely on your perception of the situation. You don’t have to judge the situations, just be aware of what’s going on in your environment.
It is normal to feel off track when we are facing new or difficult situations. Actually it a good time to be practice conscious awareness and reflect on our next course of action.
Oh! And by the way, once you move through a stressful event… another one will occur. This is what we call growth. You should welcome it with joy, you’re now at another level baby!
Be aware of all the thoughts you have during the day. You might be surprised at how many are negative. These negative thoughts create negative emotions and more than often you will end up taking bad behavioral decisions based on these emotions.
When you feel fear, anger, sad, helpless, hurt, confused or depressed bring back your thoughts to a happy place. Imagine yourself being strong, alive, loved, relaxed or joyous. You deserve it!
How to decrease you stress level :
- Say or write positive affirmations in the morning
- Move your body
- Surround yourself with loving people
- Practice switching your thoughts from negative to positive
- Have a daily journaling routine
- Get enough sleep
- Nourish your body with good food
What should I eat when I’m stressed?
If you are going through a difficult moment right now, you might be in one of these 2 situations:
- I’m having huge cravings (aka I want to eat everything that’s in the fridge. Sugary, fatty, salty food – that’s my jam!)
- My stomach feels tight and I cannot even think about eating
According to the Harvard Medical School, a diet high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, that contain only modest amounts of lean meats and dairy helps to regulate our mood. The same studies have suggested to moderate our consumption of processed and refined foods.
I know it sounds harder than it is but why not start today? Take a pledge for 24 hours of eating healthy nourishing food. Your body will thank you for it.
If you don’t feel like eating right now, you can try making my restorative vegan cabbage soup recipe. It is very easy to prepare and super good for you. Soup is always comforting but especially during this time of the year when it is getting colder outside.
I sincerely hope that this blog serves you well 🙂 Please leave me a message in the text box below if you have any questions or comments, your feedback is always appreciated.
- 1 tbps coconut oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 cup green cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts, chopped
- 1 carton vegetable broth (32 oz / 946 ml)
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a large pot over medium heat
- Add coconut oil, yellow onion, garlic and stir
- Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add carrots, green cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bay leaves, turmeric, salt and pepper
- Cover with vegetable broth and bring soup to a simmer
- Reduce heat to low and cover, cook for 15 minutes until veggies are tender
- Remove the bay leaves
- Adjust seasoning to taste
Why stress causes people to overeat, Harvard Medical School, Published: February, 2012, https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-stress-causes-people-to-overeat
Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food, Harvard Medical School, November 17, 2015, https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626