Your Body Responds To What You Eat
Food can make you feel more focused, less stressed, and sleepy at night.
The connection between the food you eat and how you think throughout the day can be used to your advantage to feel better and be more active. Eating the right foods can lead to balanced energy from morning to night and even extra energy when you need a burst at work, at the gym, or doing busy stuff at home.
Chemical interactions between food and your body are constant and almost instant. They affect your immune system and influence brain activity which determines how good you feel. A recent study at the University of Bonn in Germany found, for example, that your body responds to fast food as it would to a bacterial infection with an acute inflammatory reaction.
Feeling good can also impact what you choose to eat which is just as important. If you're stressed out, you may be more inclined to reach for the super sweets and highly processed foods. If your mood is good, you may choose to go for the better-for-you foods and even try new things. Choosing better snacks or meals keeps inflammation down and perpetuates a balanced state.
Many foods can provide nourishment and quell feelings of stress or provide an energy boom. They are now more accessible than ever. Here are a few ideas to try during the day.
Busy Day Ahead Stress-Buster
Try Turmeric Ginger Tea. Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory ingredients, so they will calm you down and help deal with stress better. They also contain many antioxidants which assist your body to fight disease more easily so you can reserve your strength for the important tasks ahead.
Try Double Chocolate Muffins. These muffins are vegan (dairy & egg free) and are loaded with fiber, protein and whole grains (unrefined carbs) so your get the best nutrients and energy to propell you through the whole day.
Overcome the Afternoon Slump
Try protein chips. Animals ingredients are the only way to get protein. You can get protein form plant-based ingredients as well. For example, pea powder is loaded with protein and it's used to make these great protein chips with 15 grams of protein in a 4 oz bag. Protein helps you fight those afternoon cravings, avoid the candy bar loaded vending machine, and steady your blood sugar.
Try natural energy shots. This sport shot by TruEnergy is made with natural ingredients and vitamins and is not loaded with stimulants. It uses green tea and coconut water and is fortified with vitamins so you have a natural burst of energy to power through a routine or go for a hike or run.
End of Sleeplessness
Try cranberries. Cranberries are a natural source of melatonin which releases tryptophan which can cause a sense of well being and bring about sleep. Raw cranberries or healthy snack bars which contain cranberries are a great way to ease hunger before bed and sleep well.
Turmeric Ginger Tea by Physical GraffiTea
Double Chocolate Muffins by Peace A'Cake
Protein Chips by Protes
Citrus Mango Sport Shot by TruEnergy
Coconut Cranberry Snack Bars by Hi-FiBar