Let’s talk about another foundational Food-As-Medicine lifestyle intervention that will provide you with nourishment from the end of your fork, and beyond.
Last time we looked at why it’s important to use foods before supplements to maximize your health and wellness. There is definitely power in numbers, and one isolated nutrient can’t always provide the synergy that comes from getting that same nutrient in combination with other compounds like protein, phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
And now, for door number 2!
It might go something like this:
You: “Hey! How have you been?”
BFF: ”Busy! Just so, so busy. I’ve been going non-stop and can’t seem to catch a break. And then Jackie asked me to help with the meeting, so I now I need to…..”
How many times have you been in that convo, or been the one to give the raging “busy” response? No one can go full speed ahead 24/7, yet we live in a culture that applauds jam-packed calendars, salutes those who survive on 4 hours of sleep, and congratulates the people who “do it all.” Don’t you dare let those be badges of honor for you, my friend!
Conditions like insomnia, anxiety, racing thoughts, reflux, and other digestive disorders have become the norm rather than the rarity in our over-scheduled, maxed-out world. Just check out the over-the-counter medications for a peek into what ails us most.
#Spoileralert: we’re in pain, we need sleep, and our hearts are burnin’ (and I don’t mean with love)!
All those conditions and symptoms have one common denominator. Yep, stress!
It looks totally different for you than it does for me, but one thing’s for sure: sustained stress and a chronic over-active lifestyle interferes with every aspect of your health. Left unchecked, the complications of prolonged stress will wreak havoc at a deep level.
Heightened and unmanaged stress:
Y’all! That’s no way to live!
Stress in and of itself is a risk for disease, and with a list of symptoms like those, stress can probably be considered a disease in and of itself.
So, now what? Should you quit your job, clear your calendar, shut the blinds, cuddle up with Netflix, and a box of chocolates….on a deserted tropical island, of course?
Just in case that’s not an option, here are 10 food-as-medicine lifestyle habits to reduce stress that might be a little easier to add into your day:
And here’s the past and probably most important one.
Permission to be YOU, just you.
No one’s expectation of you including the unrealistic one you have for yourself most days.
Give yourself permission to dedicate time for the things that provide self-love so you can be filled with more of the real, restored YOU that others want and need.
And do it again tomorrow, and the next day. Feed yourself a little of this intentional, restorative nutrient every day.
What are your favorite ways to reduce and manage stress in your day-to-day? And if you don’t have one, what are your biggest challenges to incorporating that? I’d love to hear and support you as you find ways to sprinkle your days with this very essential nutrient. You’ll be amazed at the life it adds back in!
Keep coming back for more practical food-as-medicine lifestyle recommendations that can help you harness the healing power at the end of your fork, and beyond!