Stress Due Dieting

Nutritional Stress and Ways to Avoid It

Nutritional Stress and Ways to Avoid It

Maybe you’ve noticed that every time you start the project ‘healthy diet’ you have to deal with many other appearing problems. Fighting cravings all the time, feeling less satisfied, feeling like everything goes wrong, feeling hungry, feeling despair you can’t eat that junk food anymore and so on.

The statement ’Food is a source of fighting with stress’ is as right as ‘Food is a source of stress’ is. It seems weird, isn’t it? How could that be?

A well-balanced diet is the most important source for fighting with stress and the same diet may lead to stress.

Food nutrients have the super-capacities of helping body in fighting with stress mechanisms. Vitamins B, C and E along with minerals magnesium and zinc can help your body achieve that state of calm we all need our days. The psychological factor, from the other side, may have the opposite effect by lowering body’s abilities for stress response and raising thus stress levels.

Anyone’s protected from this unless:•    you get on a new diet little by little

•    you change the products you’ve been accustomed to by introducing them slowly in your daily menu

•    you experiment with your new food to see what combination you like most, if you feel satiated after a new meal

•    you keep searching for the products to try and to introduce in your new diet.

•    you plan your grocery shopping and your daily menu

•    you keep being motivated

•    you give up  caffeine, alcohol, smoking step by step and not all at once.

•    you give up the idea that diet is a challenge. It isn’t a challenge. It’s a must for your body and your health.

The study, today in The Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that ex-dieters remained more sensitive to stress than nondieters and were more likely to eat large amounts of high-fat mouse chow when under pressure.

Stress causes the body to release the hormone cortisol, which fuels the blood with energy in the form of sugar, enabling us to flee from potential dangers. Over time, high stress levels lead to chronically elevated cortisol levels that can cause increased appetite and weight gain.

Dr Zigman suggest that management of stress during dieting may be key to setting and achieving your goal.

Do you think these are very difficult to accomplish issues? No, they aren’t. You’ll need only 20 days for the new ‘eating habit’ to establish and in these 3 weeks you’ll notice the big changes your body is going through.

But there’s another problem of stress due to diet, when body is lack in nutrients and don’t have the full capacity for a normally functioning stress response mechanism. Take care to include in menu all kind of fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, fish and beans. (learn more at If you have specific food products you prefer, try to include at least two times a week a wide variety of products.

A survey showed that diet was the most common cause of stress with almost 50% of respondents rating their diets as causing stress. Diet was ranked higher as a source of stress than ‘money problems’ or ‘work demands’.

Fight stress by including healthy products in your daily menu and don’t let psychological factors ‘alter’ your balanced diet.

Recommended Reading:

Adopting the Right Position when Defending your Diet and Lifestyle

Planning a Healthy Diet

A Healthy Mind Makes a Healthy Body

Healthy Nutrition Tips for a Longer Life

Simple Advice on How to Reduce Stress

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