Let’s talk about the impact of stress on your body, starting off with your memory.
If you think that your memory is not what it used to be, it could be because of the high cortisol levels that are released when we experience stress.
When we are under stress, cortisol and adrenaline are released by our body to help us cope with the attack.
In our modern-day lives, we don't have the physical attacks so much anymore. (the only tiger I have is the one that hangs out on my son's bed)
Today it is more about the emotional and mental strain of modern-day living.
When you are exposed to stress you could find yourself forgetting where you put your keys or what's on the shopping list. My best is forgetting the shopping list and then trying to remember what's on it when I do the shopping - FAIL
You may find that you begin to suffer from headaches and this again is because of the cortisol and adrenaline that is rushing through your bloodstream.
Next up, when we are regularly stressed then our heart is put under pressure.
With regular exposure to stress, our risk of stroke increases. And studies have found that stress increases our bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Have you noticed that your skin can sometimes go completely haywire when you’re under stress? and you get severe breakout?
This again is the cortisol and adrenaline rushing around your body.
So what can you do about managing your stress?
There's a saying that goes he who half breathes, half lives.
Here is a technique called block breathing.
It doesn’t matter what you do whether you choose to play in the garden with your children, go to the beach or play in the park.
For me, I love to choose 3 songs and just dance in the kitchen.
These are my favourites -
Moving helps to reduce the cortisone and adrenaline levels in your bloodstream.
Do Something For Yourself
And another way is to take a few moments each day to do something for yourself.
It could be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea in complete silence or having an Epsom Bath (or if you have water restrictions - a foot bath).
What do you do to manage your stress?
Come over and join me and others in my Facebook Group - Being Healthy Made Simple.
There are lots of resources and a community of women who all want to get and be healthy in the simplest way possible.
I can't wait to meet you!
1) You're eating to the point of stuffed and not satisfied.
When you eat to the point of being satisfied then you have given your body sufficient nutrients in order for it to do the job of keeping you alive and kicking.
Eating to the feeling of fullness has a lot more to do with emotions.
The key is to learn to eat to the point of satisfaction and not to reach the point of feeling stuffed.
The Japanese have a term called Hara Hachi bu which means to eat to 80% fullness.
The focus is on eating to the point where you no longer feel hungry.
And while you focus on this new habit consider chewing your food more times - aim for 20 chews before you swallow.
And slow down while you eat.
Sit and eat your meal without rushing on to the next task or worse - multitasking!
Give your meal the full attention it deserves.
2) You're counting calories, points, macros.
And this gets you to the point of feeling stressed out and reaching for foods and snacks that are "forbidden".
Instead of worrying about calories, points and macros consider eating a high-quality protein, a fat and fibre.
This combination will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
It'll help to keep you your blood sugars stable so there are no crashes that leave you craving something sweet and comforting.
It will assist your digestive system in moving the food through and removing toxins.
3) You're not drinking enough water.
Your body is made up of 70% water.
Not enough water is going to have a negative impact on your body in a number of ways.
Like brain fog, sugar cravings, hangry (hungry angry feelings), dry mouth, headaches, dark urine, bad breath, dehydration and dry skin.
Aim to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Sounds a lot?
Start off small. Have a glass of water after each cup of coffee or tea that you have.
Those two beverages of diuretics so that push fluid out of your body.
Drinking water will help to keep you hydrated.
4) You need a break from the G&Ts and/or wine.
I believe you can enjoy a glass or two of your favourite drinkie-poo as part of a healthy lifestyle but it does hamper your progress.
Did you know that alcohol contains empty calories.
This means that your body is receiving no nutrients but is getting calores that it must use up.
Sounds like a raw deal to me.
It also dehydrates you and that can then lead to sugar cravings.
Take a break for a couple of weeks and see if that makes a difference.
So there you have it - 4 reasons why you could not be changing shape.
Which one will you focus on first?
Did you know that for optimum health your blood pH should be around 7.3 - 7.5?
This puts your body in an alkaline state.
In this alkaline state, your body's metabolism, immune system, enzymes and repair mechanisms work effectively.
When the pH moves out of this ideal range then
As a result; bacteria, parasites and fungi grow really well and reproduce at an alarming rate, like bunnies!!!
Being too acidic contributes to
What causes us to be acidic?
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When we are acidic then our body requires minerals to buffer and rebalance our blood pH.
Our body can draw these minerals from the fluid surrounding our cells.
BUT once that is used up,
our body begins to draw these rebalancing minerals from our bones!
And THEN our illnesses begin!
To find out what your pH is
you can measure your urine.
You can purchase pH testing papers from your health shop. Dip your pH paper into your first week of the day.
A range of between 6.5 - 7.5 is fairly neutral. Below 7, which is the pH of water, shows that you are acidic.
If your reading is below 6.5 it is a good idea to start making dietary changes to bring your urinary pH back t the ideal range of 6.5 - 7.5
Also take a mineral supplement which will help your body in stabilsing your blood pH and a vitamin C supplement.
You could use an alkaline powder which has minerals that are necessary to alkalise your blood pH.
You may think that an acidic tasting food like an orange or pineapple would be acid producing for your body. BUT that assumption is flawed.
When foods are broken down acids are produced that are neutralised by alkaline mineral salts like magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium.
The types of foods that we eat affect our acid-alkaline balance.
Most vegetables are alkaline forming and contain calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium.
On the other hand, animal proteins, dairy and grains tend to be acid forming and contain chlorine, phosphorous, sulphur and nitrogen.
What foods will help to alkalise you?
Sweet potatoes Parsnips Mushrooms
Broccoli Cauliflower Cabbage
Kale Parsley Rocket
Bell peppers Pumpkin Aubergine / Egg plant
Watermelon Raspberries Blueberries
Pineapple Peach Melons
Pears Cherry Apples
Switch to these foods
Apple Cider Vinegar may taste acidic but it is extremely beneficial.
When buying Apple Cider Vinegar make sure you choose ORGANIC.
Read more about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar here...
The 4 Day Jump Start Cleanse is a good start to alkalising your body.
I recently ran a FREE Online Challenge - 4 Day Jump Start Cleanse with a group of ladies.
The feedback was great...
Sandra said, " Would you believe I didn’t miss a thing! How does that work! A bit of cheese would have been nice but otherwise I was pretty satisfied with what I ate this week! Huge thank you to you Lee for making this happen and being there for me! 🙏"
Bonnie said, " Coffee and sugar at first but was ok from day 2"
And the results of doing the Cleanse - - -
Sandra lost 2kgs, Anika lost 500g, I lost 1kg and Bonnie said, "Didn't weigh myself before so I don't know,but I feel less tired,junk food cravings under control"