One of the hormones secreted in stressful situations is cortical. When a stressful situation is in question the cortical hormone causes the release of the fuel within the fat cells to help to fight or flee response. In this way a person is forced to experience the sense of anxiety in cases where both of the responses could not be shown. However due to the fuel released from the fat calls a person experiences the deep hunger and feel the desire to eat food.
Dietician Sanem Apa states that “Constantly taking the necessary fuel requirement arises since constant stress increases the levels of cortical. This fuel is fats or carbohydrates. That is why desired foods are usually chips or fries type food. Research conducted show that sometimes foods high in sugar ratio are preferred too while under stress. However the common thing of the foods that are preferred are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Also they are deprived from a number of protective (that fights with cancer and other diseases) chemicals which can be received from phytonutrients.
“Stress causes abdominal adiposity”
Another aspect of the meals eaten as a result of stress is; fats received are accumulating in the abdomen instead of any area of the body such as legs or hips. If you absolutely need to eat while you are under stress at least try to consume healthy food. Try to prepare foods to consume as snacks for yourself in advance because it is highly possible to consume snacks without thinking while you are under stress. It will be easier for you to cope with stress to consume foods high in tryptophan content during stress. Fresh fruits, fat-free yoghurt or milk, bananas, cocoa, dried apricots, date palms, chickpeas can be simple solutions which you can easily carry with you.
Always try to consume dark green leafy vegetables and legumes every day. It will be easier for you to balance your cortical levels due to their magnesium content. You can take a big step in your diet by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of chickpeas, beans, green lentils to your salads in your meals which you previously boiled them.
1Herbal Tea for Stress
Lemon balm, chamomile, lavender, rooibos and herbal teas containing passiflora may be preferable to deal with stress. Since rooibos tea contains no caffeine, it takes negative factors such as insomnia, irritability, headaches and stress under control. Passiflora has the effect of helping to gather attention, and calming, soothing, relaxing effects. That is why it is the most preferred plant for sleeping problems. Its best feature is it does not have any side effects unlike the sleeping pills. And even in some countries it is known that people consume passiflora plant instead of drugs for sleeping problems. Also some brands have relaxing and soothing relax teas which are containing most of these plants, you can prefer them too.
2Omega 3 and Dried Fruits are Protective Against Stress
The fish has protective effect against stress and enhances your brain activity thanks to omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Consuming right amount of oilseeds each day such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts may be your biggest alternative against stress.
3Regular Exercise is a Must
You need to learn to relax. You need to separate 5 to 20 minutes of your time daily for deep breathing in a comfortable sitting position and focus on your breath. You must constantly remind yourself the need of thinking positive. You must try to keep the negative thoughts away as much as possible.
You need to exercise regularly. The exercise does not only stabilize your blood sugar, it also reduces your stress. You need to try to think positive while you are exercising and should consider it as a time you devoted yourself, not as only a sport.