Friday, March 9, 2012

Step Away from the Chocolate! (Guest Post)

I have a special treat for you today... a guest post!

Allison is a military girlfriend and her special man is supposed to be deploying soon. She has started a blog, Musings of a Curious Mind, and usually writes about natural health, natural ways to relieve stress (nutrition, exercise, etc), ways to manage life, keeping the love alive, and DIY projects to stay busy. Go check her out!


Step Away from the Chocolate!

 Healthy cooking helps manage stress

Stress is an everyday thing and common in life. But when you have a family member in the military, stress levels can go through the roof. Not only are you worried about your lover and being his/her rock, but you gain the role of mom and dad, and everything comes on your shoulders. Though this may seem unbearable and at times, making you just want to lay there and cry or eat your favorite tub of Ben and Jerry’s, there are better ways to handle stress. When the long distance phone calls, Skyping session, or letters are not enough  to calm oneself, try other routes to alleviate personal stress. Other than adding medications to your daily routine, pick up a healthy habit to handle the stress of deployment. While there are several ways to go about this, cooking is one of the best ways to eliminate stress from your life.

Cooking is a great way to get rid of stress because it will take your mind off your problems for a few hours and let you have some fun. Staying healthy will reduce your stress, and there is no better way to stay healthy than by cooking great food. Cooking is one of the few stress relieving activities that gives multiple benefits. The mind gets to escape during the process of cooking, and the body gets improved by eating the healthy food that is created.

There are several foods that work on the body to help reduce stress levels. If you decide to cook with the
stress reducing foods, then you will be able to get three stress relieving benefits from cooking. Some of the foods that are the best at reducing the stress level of the person eating are oranges, walnuts, almonds, sweet potatoes and spinach.

The vitamin C in oranges reduces stress levels by lower your blood pressure. Walnuts and almonds help the body by lowering blood pressure and giving the body crucial vitamins. Sweet potatoes by reducing the body's urges to eat carbohydrates and sweets while stressed. Spinach is packed with magnesium which is essential in reducing headaches and the feeling of being fatigued.

There are an unlimited amount of recipes that can include these great ingredients. If you combine these
stress reducing ingredients with other healthy foods, then your body will be able to handle the stress much better. It is best to prepare these ingredients as naturally as possible. This will allow the vitamins to work properly on the body.

While everyone is going to get stressed when their significant other is away from the house, there is no need to have your body suffer. Handling the stress by cooking and eating these great foods will allow the body to properly cope with the stress so that there are no long term effects. Plus, these new recipes and foods can be prepared when your Mr. or Mrs. returns home.


Thank you Allison! Maybe I should start implementing some of these suggestions -- even if my hubby isn't away. Again, stop by her blog, Musings of a Curious Mind, and give Allison some love.


1 comment:

  1. Great post! Thanks Allison for sharing on healthy eating! I definitely need to step away from the chocolate, lol.