Stress Fighting Foods Won’t Work for You, and This Is Why
I’m sure you have heard on Dr. Oz that there are specific foods that you can eat to decrease stress (or cortisol levels).
Those stress-fighting foods are:
- Holy basil
However, eating these foods isn’t working for you.
Because food is not a magic pill to cure stress. Food is starting to become like the pharmaceutical industry. Just like Doctors prescribe anti-anxiety pills and depression meds, experts are starting to prescribe food to fix the “problem” of stress.
Food can help lower cortisol levels, but if you don’t deal with the elephant in the room that is the source of your stress, you can eat as much spinach as you want and still be stressed out.
Investigate why you’re experiencing stress, work with the real problem, and you will begin to naturally crave foods that help to lower your cortisol levels.
This is how to use food to investigate your stress:
Every time you eat, ask yourself: “Why Am I Eating?”
You probably think you only eat because you’re hungry, but my friend you are mistaken. If you knew how little food it takes to satisfy your body’s hunger, you would be eating half the food you ingest on a daily basis.
You’re actually eating to soothe or distract from the pain of stressful situations. When something happens that makes you feel bad like: your boss gets on your nerves or you have an argument with your partner, you immediately start to crave foods that either make you feel happy or numb your mind so that you don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable situation or emotions. That’s why Happy Hour is so common after work. Instead of facing the fact that you don’t like your job or something about it is stressing you out, you drink to numb your mind and you have high carb or greasy foods to stimulate the pleasure zones of your brain.
Know the Truth and eat from a place of Truth
If you ask yourself why you’re eating, you will find the truth about your soothing and distracting tendencies. Once you know the truth, honor it and make a decision.
“I choose to eat this hamburger and drink this wine because I want pleasure right now and don’t want to deal with the stress of my life.”
When you tell yourself the truth a space for a new behavior opens up. There will come a point when that truth will motivate you to change your behavior. It may not be today or tomorrow, but it will come if you keep telling yourself the truth.
When you start acknowledging and working with the real situations that are causing you stress, you won’t need Dr. Oz to give you a list of stress-fighting foods. Your body will automatically crave foods that create balance.