I have a patient that I treat virtually who is based in Houston, Texas. She is a 56year old women, in moderately good shape (previously a tennis professional that toured the circuit), happy yet a very busy CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She is smart, intelligent, educated and clearly determined to create success in her life, but where does her self-motivation, self-control and perseverance go when she is working over-time?
During our visit yesterday, she admitted that in the last month, work has been so hard that she has been filling her belly with quick stops at a variety of fast food restaurants, McDonald’s included.
At our check-in she mentioned her sleep was poor and her energy was low, but “everything else was fine. No physical symptoms. A little stressed, but expected.”
I called BS. Yup! I asked her, “how does someone so smart feel good about putting nutrient absent food in their body?”
PEOPLE, if it is NOT from the ground, a tree or roaming the Earth in its natural habitat THEN it is NOT worth eating. I’ll admit, I follow that rule about 90% of the time, but when I “cheat” it’s on dark chocolate, a slice of gluten free bread or some home baked cookie with extra love and organic ingredients.
When you are stressed is the BEST time to put nutrient rich foods in your body. Stress depletes your body of the nutrients you get from your food. It also acidifies your insides which means that your body begins to leach basic elements from your hair, nails, skin and bones (teeth) to help offset the internal acidity in order to protect your vital organs (heart, lung, kidney). Under stress your body also begins to use up oxygen, but the production of single oxygen’s roaming free (also known as free radicals) are our cancer causers.
The best way to support your body under stress, surgical stress, work stress, emotional stress, physical stress and more is to eat NUTRIENT RICH MEALS and drink purified water in glass (no plastic!).
Our conversation ended with a reminder that “if you aren’t noticing any significant changes when you aren’t taking care of yourself, that makes me more worried than happy. Because that means your level of self-awareness is missing. And when people are not self-aware, they get diagnosed with cancer or some other scary disease and can’t understand why or how it happened to them. This isn’t always the case, but your body is wise. It will tell you when something is wrong, off or hurtful is happening to it. Pay attention.”
The following day I received a phone call, “you’re right. I get headaches because I don’t drink water. I’ve gained about 15lbs. I crave sugar and salt because from what you have told me my adrenal glands are burnt out. I don’t sleep well, I have bags under my eyes, I’m forgetful, my periods are off and I’m really tired. Not just low energy because I’m use to just pushing through at work, but I could fall asleep anytime, anywhere.”
Pay attention to your body! It is talking to you! And ask for help where you need it.
Proper nutrition during a stressful time feeds your body with nutrients to perform at a higher level physically and mentally, making good decisions, thinking clearly, staying focused, working efficiently. Supports your sleep, energy and weight. Keeps your mood positive, your heart healthy and your hormones in balance.