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Eating Well for an Anxious Mind

Your body is amazing! But only when it is fed a proper balance of wholesome, clean foods, can it perform it’s best and, frankly, feel its best. Anxiety is a rampant condition among women, but oftentimes, a key ingredient to minimizing your anxiety is fueling your body with the proper foods. Today I want to share how you can decrease anxiety and increase joy by simply making sure you include a few key things in your diet. 

**This post contains affiliate marketing, though all thoughts and recommendations are based on my own personal experience with the products mentioned.**

Hey there. How’s your week starting out? I’ll be honest with you guys…I’m exhausted. Well, actually maybe how I’d describe what I’m feeling right now is right on the brink of exhaustion. You know, that time when you’re still running semi-decently on black coffee and forcing yourself to just keep going because if you stop you’re going to crash. The hubs just got a new job for the summer as a waiter and this past week he worked every single night until around midnight. I know that shouldn’t be a big deal, but when you share a car, that means I had to be there at 12:00-12:30 to pick him up. And of course, with my mental alarm clock, I still end up waking up early…ughhh! I know coffee probably isn’t the best way to manage tiredness, but sometimes how can you help it?

We’re currently trying to figure something out for how to manage with this life-change, but for the meantime…coffee? Can I have a refill?

It’s easy when you’re exhausted and life gets stressful to find yourself forgetting about healthy eating. It starts with an occasional night eating out, then you find yourself in the fast food line, and finally, just with a bag of chips and salsa sitting on the couch watching Netflix for some form of distraction from all the chaos. I’m speaking from experience, too! There’s been many a night in a crazy period of my life where chips and salsa have made up my dinner.

But what’s the harm with that? Well, in small doses, of course, fast food won’t kill you. But the truth is, in those stressful times you face, those times when maybe a job is insecure, or your relationships are tense, or you’ve got a major test coming up, your body NEEDS certain things in order to cope with anxiety. 

Without proper nutrition, the body responds by taking care of crucial functions. That means, it works to keep your heart beating and lungs breathing, but anything that’s not essentially necessary doesn’t get the same sort of focus. This is an amazing part of how your body is designed to survive! But, it also means, that when you’re not properly fueling your body, other things such as producing those mood boosting hormones begin to wean. 

Also, when we’re under stress, mentally, we naturally seek out comforting foods. But these comforting foods, often times, are lacking in nutrients that help to keep anxiety at bay. We may think we really need that mac and cheese, but what we really need is a good dose of essential fatty acids found in a handful of raw walnuts.

Here’s a few things that you can keep in mind as you feed your body during stressful times to decrease anxiety:

  1. Anxiety can be worsened with decreased omega 3, 6, & 9 fatty acid consumption. I, personally, recommend women take a daily omega oil capsule to ensure that the necessary intake of omegas is met. Here’s my favorite
  2. You’re more prone to anxious thoughts when your body is deficient of necessary vitamins and minerals. I recommend including a variety of fruits and veggies in your diet, aiming to eat at least one fruit and one veggie at most meals. If you feel like you have a hard time getting a good amount of colorful fruits and veggies in your diet, I recommend a whole food, fruit and veggie juice as a supplement. Here’s my favorite
  3.   Magnesium has natural calming factors to it which can aid in decreasing anxiety. It is found in your dark leafy greens, beans, and almonds. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin, though, so using a topical magnesium like this magnesium lotion is very effective. 
  4. Having a healthy digestive system has been linked to healthy brain function. Set your digestive system up for success by including a probiotic in your diet, daily. I’ve noticed a drastic difference with this probiotic.
  5. Certain herbs can be supplemented into your diet to help with overall stress and anxiety relief. Some herbs such as Marshmallow root, Irish moss, Passion Flower, and Slippery Elm have a high concentration of vitamins and minerals for whole body health, but also promote relaxation. For an amazing product including these and more, I recommend this herbal stress relief supplement. 

These are just a few ways to make sure you’re eating well to keep anxiety down, but if there’s one thing I recommend, eating a good variety and balance of all foods is very important for a healthy mind that’s able to cope well with stressors. 

So, with my current status of a less than ideal amount of sleep, it’d be super easy for me to want to reach for quick and comforting food options that are maybe lower in nutritional content. But knowing that while I’m feeding my body, I’m also feeding my brain, choosing nutrient rich foods is of paramount importance for staying joyful when life is crazy. 

 **I partner with AIM Nutrition in promoting and selling their products. But I only chose to share these products with you because I’ve seen exponential difference in how I feel when using them. I trust them to fuel my body because they are derived from whole food and plant sources. If you want more information on these products I support, send me and email and I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!** 

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