Holidays, Food & Mood – Episode 17

Holidays, Food & Mood – Episode 17

Holidays, Food & Mood – Episode 17

December 23, 2021

On Sunday morning, over on Instagram, I hosted a morning coffee chat to talk about Holidays, Food & Mood. It was a good chance to chat about some last-minute reminders heading into the holiday season but also a chance to interact a little bit more one on one with all of you. Instead of having a completely separate podcast this week, I decided to share the audio from the live. In case you missed it, you can stream it here.

This week I’ve had some great conversations in DMs with different people about how easy it is to ignore the simple things going on with our bodies. It’s easy to chalk stress up to the time of the year. Brain fog can be attributed to the to-do list that is a mile long.

However, this time of the year there are ways around pushing your body and brain to the limit. Everything going on around you isn’t perfect but by using food that your body reacts the best to, you can put yourself in a better position going through the holiday season.

How To Control Your Mood With Food

Find The Right Balance: This time of the year, the treats are everywhere and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, when we ONLY indulge in treats, it’s easy for our body to want to shut down. When we eat too much processed sugars, the good nutrients can’t get to where they need to go, leaving our brains to try and functino on what it has. This can lead to an increase in anxiety and brain fog.

By adding balance to your day with whole foods, you can indulge in the sweet treats while still helping your body function at it’s best.

Watch Out For Too Many Inflammatory Foods: Piggybacking off the balance note, watch out for too much of these inflammatory foods: corn, wheat, soy, dairy & egg. All of these can lead to an inflamed gut which can lead to your body not quite functioning properly.

Instead of Focusing On Weight Loss… Go Back To Basics: All of my clients have heard this one recently. Focus on what you can control and stick to the basics. Make sure you are getting a solid breakfast and including whole foods with each meal.

Keep Moving Your Body: As hard as it might seem right now, continuing through your morning routine or workout routine will keep your body on a schedule.

Focus on What You Can Control: Listen to what your body’s telling you. If your mood is starting to swing and you are struggling, take a step back, go back to basics.

What were your biggest takeaways?

 

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Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

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Holidays, Food & Mood – Episode 17

Why Stress Management Is Important for Your Health – Episode 10

Why Stress Management Is Important for Your Health – Episode 10
Author:Kristin Longacre

October 9, 2021

I’m sure all of us have some level of stress. Whether your kids are babies, or whether your kids are in high school or college and beyond. 

There is stress, no one can say life is perfect. 

Let’s talk about first how stress affects our health, so we can start to tackle this all together. 

For starters, stress affects our sleep. 

When our sleep is off, our nutrition is off, which can throw our energy off, which can throw our exercise off, which can throw our stress off. 

Do you see the cycle going there?

Believe it or not, stress also plays a part in our hormones. 

Stress puts our body in constant flight or fight mode, which causes our body to produce higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol is what tells our body when to work and when to shut down and preserve energy. 

Think about it, with high levels of stress our body is constantly preserving energy which means it shuts down all of the other systems including those that burn fat. Therefore, we start to preserve fat for when the stress slows down. 

However, when we are stressed we tend to make poor food choices. 

It’s another cycle we run into because when you’re stressed, you’re going to turn to food choices that may not best support your body. 

All of those poor food choices can lead to problems with our sleep. 

Which brings our cycle back to the top. Due to these three factors having higher levels of stress is going to essentially cause weight gain or prevent weight loss. 

It’s safe to say at the end of the day stress = health concerns. 

So, how do we prevent stress? Step one, you need a healthy outlet for your stress. 

In other words, it’s time to look at your movement or exercise. It doesn’t have to be high intense movement, something as simple as going for a walk can reduce your levels of stress. 

Step two, focus on your schedule. 

I’m a paper planner person. Yes, a lot of people who swear by their phones, whatever works for you plan your week out to help avoid stressful situations. 

On Sunday nights I sit down and open my calendar, I have the sports schedule, my work schedule sitting, anything I need to know about for my kids like tests or things going on throughout the week, as well as the lunch schedule for school. 

I take 15 to 20 minutes and make a list of everything you have going on for the week. 

Write it into your calendar, things like their school projects that need to get done, write it into your calendar, knowing what’s coming up going into the week. 

Sure, there are going to be things that are gonna throw it off, but having a plan going into the week is going to help alleviate some of the stress. 

With that plan comes routine.

What parts of your day can you turn into a routine? For example, the mornings. Start your day a certain way almost everything is as often as possible. 

Maybe you make your coffee as soon as you get started with your day. Go take your shower or do a workout. When you’re done with that your coffee’s ready to go. You drink your 32 ounces of water. Boom, you’ve now knocked a bunch of things off your to-do list. 

Plan your meals for the week. 

You don’t have to go full force meal prepping, however planning your meals for the week allows you to know what you’re going to tackle going into the week. 

It’s going to allow you to turn to healthier foods versus quick runs through Taco Bell because you forgot to plan dinner for the night and the meat is not thawed.

Last but not least… put your technology down. 

I’m going to go there. I know we love the scroll, but the scroll is causing us to consume too much information. 

How often do you sit there scrolling on your phone and especially these days with all of the mess going on with the world? Do you sit there and scroll getting more and more worked up over what you’re seeing but you can’t put it down because you’re addicted to it?

Put your technology down, get off social media, that right there is going to lower your stress levels…not to mention the whole blue light situation. 

Overall, you can see tackling your stress is a key component of your health. 

Listen to the full podcast for all of the details and MORE ways to manage your stress in the stream above, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app by searching Be Your Best Self Health Chats.

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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