Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Eat Stress, Drink Stress

What you eat is what you are! If you feel stressed maybe you are eating stress! What does that mean?

It is just the simple truth that what you eat will influence your feelings and thoughts for the day. If you have a lot of sugar and caffeine in your diet, your body will be in stress mode which means it interprets a lot of what is going on around you as danger.

When you eat food that is closely connected to your body's own makeup you are more likely to interpret the events going on around you in more neutral and relaxed terms. Do yourself a big favour - Eat relaxation.

Some good basics from the Canadian Dietician Association:

Eating 5-10 servings of vegetables and fruit is easier than you think! Start today by making one small change.

Make a "fruit roll-up" by rolling cut-up fruit in a tortilla shell

Pair sliced bananas or a handful of dried berries with cereal or yogurt

Pack cut-up vegetables and fruit in reusable containers as a tasty snack you can take with you

Peel a banana, dip it in yogurt, roll it in crushed cereal and freeze it for a tasty "fruitsicle"

Have a salad with dark greens like spinach or romaine lettuce, or make a vegetable stir-fry for dinner.

Instead of drinking your serving in the form of juice, choose to eat the whole vegetable or fruit

If possible, eat the skins and peels of vegetables and fruit where most of the fibre is found. Consider that a 125mL glass of orange juice contains the juice of three oranges, but only has one-tenth the fibre of one orange.

One serving is:

1 medium size vegetable or fruit
1/2 cup of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables or fruit
1 cup green leafy salad
1/2 cup of 100% juice
1/4 cup of dried fruit.

At this site, under the Eat Well, Live Well section you will find quizzes, facts and interactive resources. Great tips for quick, easy meals, understanding food labelling, understanding your body’s nutritional needs and lots more.

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