Today I was a bit behind the eight ball, so I’m sorry this is posted so late (it’s afternoon here) but I’m lucky I remembered to write this at all! I was walking home from my NMIT trades course and as I slid around a corner I saw a sign remarkably like the WordPress sign, and realized I hadn’t written up my post for today and ran home in a fluff desperate to write and remember! Anyway, that’s enough about my disastrous memory, on to the real topic of conversation…
Yes that’s right humans, bingeing out on food is a way to relieve stress, but use this tip with care! So many people binge on shite food that will in the end make them unhealthily large or mess with their dietary intake and end up with more stress from hormone imbalance and other such things. So there are a few rules around bingeing!
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetables ONLY!
This is a biggy as so many people (as aforementioned) eat chips, drink beer or fizzy, indulge in chocolate and high sugar or salt food. NO! Don’t walk that dangerous road and be especially careful of alcohol, it’s just stupid and you will very quickly find yourself more stressed and with a hangover to boot.
1. No, or as little as possible, added sugar
Added sugar may make you feel energetic for a little while, but when you have a crash you will feel more tired and stressed – the little high you had won’t last and won’t be worth the while. Fructose in fruit is fine, but don’t go adding honey or sugar if you can help it!
2. No caffeine or guarana
Same reasons as Rule 1, but even more so
3. No added salt
Salt dehydrates you very quickly, and a well-functioning, de-stressed brain requires a lot of water.
4. Fresh is best
Pretty self explanatory
Good food to eat includes:
- Home-prepared fruit salad (banana, apples, feijoas, passionfruit, etc) – no syrup
- Beef jerky / biltong
- Crunchy noodle mix – the sound will help soothe you, but maybe not your partner
- Almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts etc
- Chickpeas from the can, drained
- Frozen peas – that’s right, it’s a thing!
With number 3, instead of a syrup try melting dark chocolate, not milk or white as these contain high amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats. Dark chocolate is a good option (70% cocoa or higher) as it is proven not only to improve focus during study, but can prevent and aid the curing of cancer, balance moods and hormones, amongst other amazing things. If dark chocolate isn’t your thing, try mixing ground cinnamon or other sweet spice throughout, no sugary shiz. Although seriously – try 70% chocolate before striking off as it isn’t as bitter as most people think.
Blueberries are proven to be one of the best foods for brainpower when studying, so if they’re in season (or if you can afford to buy them out of season) then they are a brilliant option. Also their small size allows for perfect snacking and making yourself feel fuller and happier with less eaten!
Now I know that the last one – frozen peas – appears a little strange. That’s because it is! There’s no scientific schpeal associated with this one, just a weird story involving a stressed baby me, my best friend at the time and an accident. I’ll treat you to it later!
Good cold drinks are limited to water and coconut water. No juice / fizzy / alcohol / cordials / flavoured water / energy drinks or any others containing caffeine, guarana, or sugar. Coconut water is good as you can sip it all day and it won’t make you feel bloated or taste dull as constantly sipping water can. It will also clean out your system – so don’t binge on it outside of you house for the first few days as you will constantly need to pee until all the yucky stuff in your system is flushed out and away, leaving you feeling amazing. Tea, iced or not, is also a good option but only if you don’t have more than a teaspoon of sugar per cup. Eco, Caro, and non-caffeine low sugar drinks are best for a hot de-stresser as well.
I’m sorry for the number of warnings throughout this, but this is what I consider to be one of the more dangerous ways to de-stress because of the sheer ease to slip into a bad habit. But if you stick to these Rules then you will find yourself happier, healthier and maybe even replacing some of that non-nutritious junk with things that will improve your life.
Having some of these ready prepared before studying is a good idea, but the pure making of carrot sticks and humus can be therapy enough. If you can, prepare the food just before consuming, and drizzle any excess fruit or vegetables with lemon juice and put in the fridge for later. This will eliminate any unnecessary waste and allow you to snack on the go later when there’s no time to prepare anything.
That’s all the advice I have for today – remember to use this tip and associated rules with caution, don’t go overboard with following my recommendations as each person is different, and I’m not your dietitian, just a teenager who knows what works for her.
Love you all
Insanity Diaries xox