For me, being highly sensitive means that I am also much more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, wheat, dairy, sugar and caffeine and over time if I ignore the symptoms these effects just get worse and worse.
I used to put my anxiety, panic attacks, weight gain, stress, acne, low self-worth and zero lust for life down to me being made wrongly!
Funny how as an empath and someone with low self-esteem I automatically put what I was experiencing down to something that was my fault. Total victim mentality and I had no idea!
Living this way is awful - it makes every day feel like Groundhog Day... living the same rubbish over and over and because we don't have the energy to change, we stay the same.
My desire is to help you feel amazing - and on the good days feel like you have all the energy you need to live a life you love.
So below are the most common dietary reasons why food may be affecting how you feel and tools to help you when you’re feeling anxious…
1 - Blood Sugar. Did you know that the levels of glucose (blood sugar) in your body greatly affects your energy but also your mood too?
That’s why when you fill yourself with chocolate, fizzy drinks, caffeine and processed food your blood sugar will rapidly rise and then drop significantly. You will then experience a rollercoaster of emotions from big highs: “I am so productive today!” To “ok now I need a little nap”.
Your blood sugar levels also influence whether you eat more than you need, weight gain and food cravings too.
2 - Your Liver. When your liver gets toxic and it’s holding on to a tremendous amount of poisons such as radiation, pesticides, herbicides, toxic heavy metals, bacteria and more these poisons travel through the blood stream causing problems such as emotionally feeling up and down.
3 - Adrenaline. Also, when we experience anxiety and stress and emotional traumatic moments we get rushes of adrenaline. These rushes can create the feelings up being up one moment and in the next feeling so low and exhausted that all you want to do is get into bed and curl up.
What’s super interesting about adrenaline is that it can mimic the affects of a panic attack and you can get confused about what’s truly going on.
So if you’re susceptible to those then you need to manage your adrenaline surges.
When we eat foods that create imbalances in our bodies, they can cause us to react in ways that we normally wouldn't. For example, how many times have you had an argument with someone when you've felt tired or hangry? ... exactly.
4 - Your gut. You’ll have heard a lot about how your gut affects your mood and its true. What you feed your gut (your microbiome) dictates which bacteria grows - and this bacteria changes which emotions you’re more likely to have.
In a study conducted by researchers at McMaster University in 2013, bacteria from “fearless” mice were transplanted into “anxious” mice, causing them to exhibit less anxious behaviour. This worked in the other direction as well – the fearless mice exhibited traits of anxious mice when given their microbes. The researchers found these behaviour patterns to be a result of changes in brain chemicals that influence emotion and mood. (Chopra)
There’s a lot to be said about feeding your gut a healthy diet, but more on that later.
So here are my top tips on how to manage your anxiety and mood, naturally:
Put the oils in your diffuser at home or at work, or regularly put a drop behind each ear, or create your own blend of oils and apply them to your wrists and temples throughout the day.
Once you know how these foods can affect your mind and body, you then know there’s something you can do about it.
Taking back control of our health and feeling the best that we can! That’s called EMPOWERMENT!
I’d love to hear how you use these top 10 tips in your day to day!
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