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6 Tips – Basic Guideline To Stress-Effective Eating

The this modern face-paced world we currently live in, almost everything around us can add on extra stress on our shoulders.

Sometimes this can even include everything that is NOT around us!

But there is a more natural and more primal stress that affects every living thing. And that is food. Specifically, the need for our body to consume food to survive.

This is the most basic instinct that everyone will understand since birth. When we get hungry, we eat. It’s as simple as that.

If you have never experienced a prolonged period without food, lucky you.

It is not an episode you’d want to live through as hunger can really stress you out and even cause you to hallucinate!

As we grow up to become able adults, somewhere along the line, the stress associated with food is not so much as whether you will have anything to eat. It becomes more about what types of stress-inducing junk you are putting into your body.

Most people feel that stress is a mental condition and can be conquered with pure willpower. Yet these people are often the ones who suffer most when under the intoxication of stress.

What they don’t realize is that stress is not all about the mental and the intangible. The food we put in our mouths can have a massive impact on how well we cope with stress.

What you eat, when you eat, and how you eat can have an influence on your mental state whether you notice it or not.

Low stress foods

Here is a basic guideline to eating well.

1) Complex carbohydrates

With the fanfare surrounding the Paleo diet in recent years, a big number of health conscious people see carbs as the devil in terms of fitness and weight loss.

I kid you not.

I have a friend who would suffer from anxiety attacks and squeal like a claustrophobic victim when in the presence of complex carbohydrate foodstuff like pasta, noodles, brown rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes, etc.

This is partly due to the popular dieting trend of avoiding carbohydrate-rich food.

However, foods rich in complex carbs can raise the serotonin levels in the brain. Making your feel better by altering your mood which is a major factor in how you handle stress.

Saying that, too much complex carbs might not be good too. Because if you get overweight for consuming too much complex carbs, it might actually add onto your stress levels as you have a new problem to manage now.

Don’t need avoid. Eat in moderation.

2) Simple carbohydrates

There are complex and simple carbohydrates.

There is a scientific explanation to this. But for basic understanding, let’s just say that complex carbs are much harder for the stomach to digest while simple carbs are easier to digest.

The simple carbs I’m referring to are sugary foods, especially those contained in processed food.

The edible products we find in supermarkets these days are no longer what they used to be.

These days, big food companies compromise on quality in order to produce the most delicious food, at the lowest cost, and within regulatory guidelines. So they add an insane amount of additives like artificial sweeteners and emulsifiers to replace real food and condiments.

The most common additives are MSG and any form of sugar.

Sugary food can arouse a short term boost to your mood. But it is never a solution for the long term.

No need to panic. Reduce and avoid if possible.

3) Protein

With the rise of fitness and bodybuilding in the last 20 years, protein has becomes a mass market product. It has become the buzzword of buzzwords in the bodybuilding circle.

Protein is a muscle builder.

But more than that. Adequate amounts of protein helps in mental functions and repair cells.

Good sources of protein inlcude

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lean meat
  • Tofu
  • etc

Consume an adequate amount and avoid deficiency.

4) Vegetables

A healthy overall diet requires a balanced nutrition plan. This is where vegetables rounds everything up.

  • Carrots
  • Brocolli
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Beans
  • etc

It is important to not just be healthy. It is also important to feel healthy as well. The better you feel physically, the better you manage stress.

The more the merrier. Just don’t go overboard.

5) Fruits

The main benefits of eating more fruits are for the absorption of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Without going exotic, have your fridge moderately stocked with basic fruits like:

  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • etc

Fruits should never replace proper meals. They are most appropriately consumed as a night snack or an after-dinner finishing move.

6) Potassium

It’s kind of odd that Potassium is classified as a metal on the Periodic table. We put them into our body for circulation each day!

But on a serious note, potassium is a mineral that helps muscles relax… which is exactly what you need if stress is a problem.

  • Bananas
  • Milk
  • Whole grains
  • etc

Eat in moderation. Too much potassium can be bad for your body.

Stress is not just an issue of thinking too much. In a lot of cases, physiology can play a major role in how well you manage it.

In certain cases, physical health can even be a trigger of stress.

The sooner you commit to a healthier diet containing a balanced overall meal plan, the better your chances of sticking it to stress.

7 Things That Make Anxiety Worst When Trying To Beat It

It goes without saying that most victims suffering from anxiety conditions will be trying various ways to beat it or at least manage it.

In your pursuit of conquering anxiety, be wary of the following things that can actually make it worst.

1) Avoidance

The proper way to confront problems is to face them.

When it comes to emotional conditions, avoidance is never a good way to alleviate it. It is only a method to delay another attack.

For example, if you are afraid of a big bully at work or in school, avoiding that bully only intensifies the fear associated with meeting him.

2) Intoxication

Getting high on alcohol, marijuana, or other substances, legal or illegal, might provide relief.

But surely you should be aware that such “treatment” can only offer short term relief and is never a good long term management plan.

In fact, studies have shown that using substances to manage mental-related conditions like stress and anxiety will only aggravate the condition in the long run.

3) Complaining

Yes. It is not the fault of the sufferer to have to live with such health conditions.

But since this is a mental-related issue, whining and complaining about will not do good to the victims or the family members around them.

The recommended manner to approach this is to acknowledge that there is a problem. And that certain measures has to be taken in order to manage or fully eliminate it.

Complaining will only make the condition worse.

4) Pushing too hard

Like victims of car accidents who suffer from physical injuries, it can take time to heal and get the body to get back in shape.

If athletes for example, suffered a fractured leg, it’s going to take a lot of time from multiple surgeries and physiotherapy to completely recover.

Pushing themselves too hard to recover faster can be counter-productive.

The same can be said of anxiety treatment.

It takes time. And the best way forward is to aim for progress a step at a time.

5) Seeking quick fixes

It seems that there will always be exotic, holistic, and even metaphysical types of treatment for every health condition known to the modern world.

While medical science cannot validate most of them, they cannot be fully written-off too.

It only takes 1 patient who recovers from anxiety attacks using traditional holistic treatments to see that there might be more to ancient treatments than modern science is willing to admit. And we know that there are thousands of people getting healed by such treatments all over the world.

The problem comes when you expect instant gratification and do not find it. Maybe your body does not respond as well as you expected. Or maybe your application was wrong.

Miracles do happen. But you can’t bet your house on it that you’d be a beneficiary.

Whatever the case, expecting instant recovery and not getting it can often lead victims to depression and make their anxiety problems even worse.

6) Only relying on medication

Medication often treat the symptoms of anxiety. They do not treat anxiety itself.

It’s a mental game. And you have to beat it with your brain. Not pills manufactured in a laboratory.

Medicine can aid the recovery. But do not solely rely on it to cure you.

7) Self management without help

A lot of victims suffer from anxiety, but refuse to allow the people around them to know that. This could be due to social pressure and a prospect of feeling embarrassment.

This is not the way to go.

Accept that you have an issue to resolve and allow the people closest to you to help. There is nothing more reassuring than to have supportive family and friends behind you.

There is no shame to admit you have a problem with anxiety disorder. People get sick all the time. Live with it and allow people to help you get over it.

Trying to recover by yourself can be detrimental to the overall condition of the sufferer.

Physical Effects Of Severe Anxiety On The body

Most people associate anxiety disorders as a mental condition. This is why those who don’t suffer from anxiety problems are seldom able to comprehend the physical effects victims can suffer from.

Attacks don’t just occur in a victim’s head. It is as real as it gets physically too.

Here are some physical symptoms that you can suffer from if you have anxiety disorder.

1) Heartbeat acceleration

If you have never suffered from a sudden accelerated heartbeat, lucky you.

And I don’t mean the type of fast heartbeat you get after a good run in the park.

I’m referring to the hard pounding on your chest. So hard that it literally jerks your body back and forth with every beat. And it can be so scary that you fear that you are in the final moments in life.

2) Blood pressure spike

Most people should be able to make sense out of this physical effect on the body.

When you get excited and anxious, a spike in blood pressure is as certain as where the sun rises every day.

Victims of high blood pressure can suffer from:

  • nervousness
  • vertigo
  • facial flushing
  • etc

In extreme cases, it can also lead to stroke.

3) Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of numerous conditions and illnesses. And that includes anxiety disorders.

Sometimes we can just feel too tired to do anything and just prefer to stay home instead. This is even when we had done nothing strenuous the whole day or the day before.

Just be mindful that fatigue can be a sign of something more mild or sinister than anxiety. If it happens very often in daily life, have that condition checked out before something more serious happens.

4) Dizziness

I’m no doctor. But I’d say that it is normal to suffer from a little dizziness once in a while.

I can get dizzy right after an intense run on the track or when taking a rest after playing soccer. Sometimes, I even suffer from it a few seconds after jumping out of bed too fast.

I attribute them as the body not having enough time to move blood to the brain due to quick changes in physical positions.

But if you get dizzy for no reason out of nowhere, something could be wrong.

Victims of anxiety disorder can frequently suffer from dizziness. And it could be a safety hazard if it occurs at work or even driving on the road.

5) Stomach upset

This is the one symptom that puzzles a lot of sufferers.

How does anxiety, a condition generally associated with the brain, have an impact on gastrointestinal issues?

Do not ignore if you suffer from:

  • gas
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • etc

6) Body aches

General muscle functions can be affected. This is when you can suffer from muscle spasms, tensed up muscles, even pain and aches.

Be mindful of identifying when muscle aches are normal or abnormal.

If you went to the gym the day before or had an intensive exercise session, it is normal if you suffer from general muscle aches and pains in many parts of the body.

It is when you are suffering from these aches with no apparent reasons that you could have a problem.

I once suffered from muscle aches on my hands for what I thought was with no apparent reasons. Later I attribute that to using the smart phone late into the night the day before.

7) Sweating

Any regular person should understand that sweating is normal when there are physical exertions or if the weather for the day is warm.

So if you sweat without doing anything strenuous under the air-conditioner, it could be a sign that something is not right with your general condition.

Sweating is the body’s way of detoxing and cooling off. Don’t turn a blind eye to what you body is trying to tell you.


You can probably see that the physical effects of anxiety listed above are general symptoms that cannot definitively pinpoint a problem.

The takeaway is that if you feel that you suffer from anxiety and your body displays the symptoms mentioned, it could be time to see a doctor and get your condition analyzed and diagnosed.