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Practice These 5 Food Habit Changes to De-stress
No matter how much we try to ignore it, but the fact is that there is a correlation between stress, food habits and nutritional insufficiency. In our day-to-day lives, we often miss out on our lunch or dinner to meet a certain deadline at office. The result is heartburn, acidity and a number of health related issues. Eating when stressed can also be a bad habit. Thus, good food habits are critical to keep stress at bay. Here we give you a list of five good food habits that can change your life and keep you stress free:
1. Do not Skip Meals
It is important to eat at least three to four times in a day. Small regular meals keep your body and stomach balanced and helps you utilise the acid produced in your stomach. So it is advisable not to miss on to your meal even when you are chasing a work related deadline or traveling or busy with something that needs your urgent attention. So find out time for your meals!
- Increase your intake of natural prebiotics, which help promote good bacteria. They are found in particularly Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, bananas, garlic, onions and leeks.
- Chew your food properly.
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly to give your digestion the best chance to work effectively.
- Make sure you are getting all your nutrients by eating protein with every meal (eggs, meat or fish), healthy fats and plenty of vegetables with every meal.
2. Cut down on your Beverages and Sugar drinks
When stress is hovering, you tend to sip on to cups of coffee or tea or some aerated sugar-based drinks that not only add extra sugar to your body but also gives you some unwanted elements such as caffeine and calories. If these products are taken in large quantities, it can have negative effect on your body. Instead have cool alkaline buttermilk or lemon water. These not only balance the acidity in your stomach but refreshes and replenish the entire body system.
3. Eat in small portions, but eat regularly
It is scientifically proven that the level of stress hormone, Cortisol, in our body tend to rise when we are hungry. And high levels of cortisol in the body lead to fat accumulation. So staying hungry is not an option. It is advisable to start your day with a healthy breakfast and eat small meals at frequent intervals. Overeating is a big NO!
4. Drink plenty of water
Regular water intake helps your body perform each function smoothly. Regular water intake not just balances the ph levels and alkalinity in your body but also helps in detoxification. Intake of eight to 12 glasses of water is a must during a day. Caffeinated drinks dehydrate your body, so have an extra glass of water after tea or coffee. So always keep a water bottle handy or in your reach whether in your office or at home.
5. Eat this, not that
Eating outside or binging on your favourite snack in between meals may not be a good idea. This leads to intake of extra calories. This also kills your appetite for a healthy complete meal. Snacks are laced with extra fat and salt too. Excessive salt intake increases water retention in your body and might lead to high blood pressure. So curb your feeling and go for healthy food items such as an apple, an orange or a small bowl of salad or sprouts.
Start afresh and stay stress free!