December 15, 2021
If your body is screaming at you, in the form of anxiety, brain fog, acne, exhaustion, bloating, etc… it might be time to stake a step back and listen.
Believe it or not, most of these problems can be solved with changes to diet or health habits. Today on Be Your Best Self Health Chats we’re going to dig into what might be going on and how to tell if your body is trying to tell you something.
Food Affects Your Mood
A lot of what we eat is because we think our body is craving something, such as sugar. It’s great at the moment you consume it, but 30 minutes later we wind up more exhausted than we were to start with.
Your Immune System is Affected By The Foods You’re Putting In Your Body
90% of your immune system is in your gut. This is where your food goes once you eat it. If your gut is inflamed when your body is attacked by a virus, etc. your immune system can’t fight it off because of all of the other things it’s dealing with such as processed foods
Anxiety & Focus
What we eat affects our brain. Our gut is often referred to as our second brain, one of the big reasons I love gut health is because of how much it can affect things like anxiety and our ability to focus. It’s amazing what happens with a clear gut.
If your anxiety is higher than normal, and you can’t pinpoint why? Take a look at what you’ve been eating for the last few days. Is it a situation such as coming off thanksgiving where you are eating more sugars and salt than normal?
In a similar situation if you’re struggling to focus it could also be due to inflammatory foods and your gut. Instead of being able to focus your body has to work on processing the foods that you are putting into it.
How Do You Learn About Your Body?
Step 1: Take a mental inventory of what you’ve eaten in the last few days.
Step 2: Start a food journal, start paying attention to your mood swings, energy levels, etc.
Step 3: Look for the trends. If you need help processing them, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I would love to help you sort through them.
How To Make Adjustments For Your Health
To tackle the nutrition on your own, start with looking for little changes such as replacing a bag of chips with a cup of vegetables. Little changes will add up to big results.
Five inflammatory foods to watch out for:
Not all five of them are bad, but it’s possible that your body doesn’t like them.
Start moving your body more. You don’t have to go do high-intensity workouts, but take some time each day to move your body a little bit… whether it’s a walk, a stretch through yoga, or lifting weights.
Watch your sleep. When your sleep is off, you tend to reach for more junk food, when you reach for more junk food you tend to move less.
Give your body some time to heal. It won’t heal overnight but start with little changes. You will notice improvements on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis with this one.
Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.