There is no doubt that most of us took that leap of faith and started the fast metabolism diet program. It’s because we want to be healthy enough to do the things we truly enjoy, to achieve our desires and goals, and most of all to live a healthier life.
These reasons drive us to follow the diet religiously but no matter how diligently we follow it, life always get in our way. Hectic schedules, family emergencies, pressure from work, personal problems not only disrupts our normal pace, but it also increases our stress levels. This in turn literally kills our metabolism and defeat our purpose to achieve a healthier lifestyle. How do we handle these stressful events? How do we overcome stress and minimize its negative impact in our health? Like we said, the food is your medicine. We will rely to foods to help us soothe our stress to be able to get back to our feet. Here are the top 5 comforting foods to soothe your stress:
- Avocado – Phase 3
Avocados are high in vitamin B , which is needed to have a healthy nerves and brain cells that lessens your feeling of anxiety. It is also high of healthy fats and potassium which helps lower your blood pressure.
- Berries – Phase 1 and 3
Berries possess the highest level of antioxidants that improves our health’s wellbeing. It is rich in vitamin C that help combats stress. Vitamin C lowers your cortisol level and adrenal hormones that triggers stress. You can have raspberries and strawberries in Phase 1 and Blueberries, blackberries in Phase 3.
- High Glycemic fruits – Phase 1
Stress also triggers your intense craving for sugar. Your body needs sugar to keep you going and feed your stress hormones. If you are in Phase 1, this is a great opportunity for you to indulge yourself in high glycemic fruits like mango, pineapple, watermelon, etc. The high glucose content in these fruits will help relieve your craving for sugar, which in turn lowers your stress hormones in the process.
- Go with Nuts – Phase 3
When you start feeling the stress, your immune system diminished. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are packed with vitamins B2 and E to boost your immune system and fight stress.
- Healthy Fatty Fish – All Phases
The omega 3-fat acids found in fatty fishes like salmon (Phase 2 and 3), tuna (all phases), sardines (all phases), halibut (all phases) helps lower your cortisol levels and adrenaline. Salmon is one of the best sources for omega 3 fatty acids.
There you have it. Let us go back to basics when we feel all the pressures around us, and that is to breath and just let go. For more information about managing stress, you can read our fast metabolism diet stress-handling tips.