08/24/15-Paula Maier's Healthy Living Eating/Exercise Journal: Thursday

by Paula (Clean Eating Expert) 25. August 2015 20:40

 

 How Stress Can Sabotage Your Success with Good Health: Part 2-

We all know that when we are really stressed we feel run down, depressed and anxious.

The trouble is that sometimes we just can’t stop the things that cause us stress. Sometimes, there is downsizing and you or your spouse lose their jobs, sometimes there is a death in the family, your physical weight seems to go nowhere but UP, kids act out at certain ages…but what can we do about it?

I’ve been there? I’ve had all of the above stresses in the last 5 years, and more! These are some things that worked for me:

1-Work out! Without my workout, I have no doubt that I would have lost my mind. It seems counter-intuitive but working out won’t make you tired, it gives you energy!

2-Yoga or Pilates. A lot of people find peace and retreat with yoga. It focuses on your connection with your body and your breathing. Pilates is very similar. An hour escape can be a welcomed break.

3- Clean Eating. Removing foods that are filled with preservatives, salts, sugars and bad oils give you energy and clarity in your head. Keeping your blood glucose levels even during the day by eating 5-6 small meals wards-away that exhaustion in the afternoon. Try cutting back on the alcohol and caffeine. They seem like a solution, but they can exacerbate the problems you have.

4- Holy Basil. It is a powerful cortisol-inhibitor. You can find it at the health food store. Be sure to look for Ocimum sanctum on the label. This signifies an active, important ingredient that makes Holy Basil most effective. As always, check with your physician if you take other medicines to make sure there are no negative interactions.

5- Laugh. Go to a funny movie, watch old videos of your kids, and visit with a trusted friend. Laughter is invaluable to tension reduction

6- Make sure YOU aren’t your own worst enemy! Monitor the “negative-speak” that you are having with yourself. If YOU aren’t going to be kind to you…who else will? So your body doesn’t look like Claudia Schaffer. Mine doesn’t either! Get up in the morning, put on clothes that make you feel confident, look in the mirror and re-assure that person looking back that you are doing the best you can today, and take on the world!!!!

Thursday 08/24/21- Workout Diary:

Stretch DVD, foam rolling- 30 minutes

Pure Barre class- 55 minutes

Thursday 08/24/12-Food Diary:

Breakfast-

1 piece Ezekial toast, 1/2 small banana sliced on top (150 cal)

1 cup organic egg whites, 1 cup organic spinach, 1 oz non-fat feta (160 cal)

A.M. Snack-

1 cup pasterized egg whites, 1/2 portion whey protein mix ( 175 cal)

Lunch-

4oz orange roughy (90 cal)

salad- 9 oz. organic spinach, brocolli slaw, 1/2 orange sweet pepper, 4 cherry tomatoes, 4 asparagus, no calorie walden farms dressing (90 cal)

P.M. Snack-

1 whole wheat tortilla, 2 tbls organic almond butter, 1/2 sliced strawberry(230 cal)

Dinner-

4 oz roast pork loin (210 cal)

brocollini, sauteed in sesame oil ( 1/2 tsp), garlic, sliced almonds (144 cal)

1 cup whole wheat cous cous, with porchini mushrooms and sliced almonds (194 cal)

1 cup non fat cottage cheese (80 cal)

Dessert-

homemade, air popped, popcorn (90 cal)

1 cup 0 % Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup fresh sliced pear (150 cal)

TOTAL CALORIES-1786

 

 

 

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