One can not think well, love well, or sleep well if one has not dined well.
- Virginia Woolf, 1929
Health experts warn that during economic downturns people typically, in the quest to save money, turn to cheaper less-healthy eating choices.
Extra weight “recession pounds” results from the increased consumption of cheaper junk and fast foods that also happen to be tasty by virtue of the fact that they are often loaded with salt, fat, and highly processed carbohydrates.
What you save now, you pay for later in doctor's bills, lowered self esteem and poor health. Use this time to gain control of your life and health, instead of filling yourself up with a quick fix. Ironically this is one of the reasons that people reach for junk, is to feel like they have control of their lives.Use this need to empower yourself. Get healthy,eat well and go for a walk.
We are better equipped to life's stresses, when are minds and bodies are fuelled with the right foods, foods that provide us with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Consuming these foods on a regular basis counteracts free radical damage and builds a strong mind and body. First and foremost an increase in all fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet, will make a big difference, below a few foods that can be noted for the stress fighting properties.
Dark Raw Chocolate: Raw Cocoa and dark chocolate contain significant amounts of antioxidant flavanols, which have been shown to improve blood flow in the brain. Not all chocolates are created equal. Raw chocolate is not the same as commercial chocolate and it actually has health properties.
Avocado: The next time stress has you desperate for a high-fat, creamy treat, skip the ice cream or cream and try some homemade guacamole -- the thick, rich texture can satisfy your craving and reduce those frantic feelings. Plus, the green wonders' of the avocado of monounsaturated fat and potassium can lower blood pressure
To your good health...