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Tips For Reducing Your Daily Stress When You Have Emotional Eating Responses

One of the key triggers to emotional eating is your daily stress. This can come from a variety of factors, some of which you may never consider. If you are having an increased amount of stress, and notice and increased amount of emotional eating moments, then you may want to work on reducing the core cause of the stressors in your life. Here are some tips for locating the source of your daily stress, reducing that stress at the core, and in turn reducing the amount of emotional eating responses you are having.

Start a Routine

One of the key ways to reducing your daily stress and, in turn, reducing your emotional eating responses is to set up a routine. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule everything in your life down to the last second. Instead, look at starting a routine for small aspects of your life and work up from there. For example, when you wake up do certain things that make your day easier before you leave the house.

Make sure you throw in that load of laundry you always avoid later in the day that ends up piling up and causing stress. Start the dishwasher or empty it and put the dishes away. That way it is already done and the rest of the day is yours. I do the same for eating. If you squeeze in a nutrient dense smoothie you’ll have less stress about meal planning. You can also make a salad in a jar using all of your favorite veggies. In the evening do the same sort of routine creating for dinner planning and prep for success. Once you start getting into a routine habit in your morning and evening, you can span out to the point you have a daily routine that you are used to and stress triggers, like the laundry, are reduced. This is the Healthy Living Revolution!!

Technology Disconnect

Technology can be a huge stress trigger for many people, even you. You may not think it is, but look at a few examples. Your phone is set-up to notify you of upcoming events, appointments, and bills. You also have notifications of things going on with friends and co-workers social media accounts. It is a constant attachment that can sometimes lead you to stressing over bills, upcoming appointments, and drama in your friends lives.

To reduce the stress, disconnect from your technology for one hour or so a day. Turn off your phone and leave it on a charger in another room. Go and game with friends online and get lost in an MMO, or watch your favorite show. You can even pick up something that is a 100% disconnect, like meditation or exercise. The stresses are reduced and something positive is replacing the spot.

Simplify Your Work

Your work schedule and routine can be a huge source of stress, especially if you are are a freelancer or in an administrative position. Take a few minutes to look over your schedule, planning, and client list. Remove the things you don’t need. Some of these things may be webinars that are unnecessary, clients that are overly demanding, and extra side freelancing positions that are just not worth the time and payout. Once these are removed, set-up a routine for what is left. The routine can be handled the same way as the routine for your daily life. Work on things that stress you at the end of the day first, then move through the day.

These methods will help you organize your daily life, work life, and emotional well-being to reduce overall stress. Once these areas are taken care of and sorted out, you will start to see a reduction in stress and a subsequent reduction in emotional eating.

Tips For Reducing Your Daily Stress When You Have Emotional Eating Responses

The Superfood vs the Real Food?

How necessary are these new exotic foods to an otherwise healthful diet filled with real whole foods? Do people need to supplement their lunches with pitaya and baobab? A new warning that a diet rich in regularly produced fruits and vegetables (you mean like carrots, broccoli, bananas?… like our whole foods supplements) is probably sufficient for health and energy and that unusual foods (think “superfoods”) can be unpredictable and even possibly harmful. Many of us don’t think about the way it could impact the absorption of our regular meals, or how it may interact unfavorably with your daily medication. Some would argue that because of serious soil depletion, toxic pollution, and fast moving pace in our lifestyles that in the modern world eating regular old farmed food just isn’t enough to be healthy anymore. I get that, we need to bridge the gap. So yes, supplementation is key. But that doesn’t mean we need to bridge the gap with some special, amazing foods from a far away land.

We were just talking the other day, myself, Dr. Mitra Ray, and another friend, Linda, about these foods from other countries and one of those is quinoa . So let’s talk about that because many of those that jump on the Transform 30 diet think “gluten-free = quinoa”.  Obviously it is a nutrient-dense, gluten-free grain. That’s why my family originally used it. It comes from the Andes, where it has grown alongside potatoes, with roaming llamas and alpaca for thousands of years. Guess what? My family doesn’t use quinoa at all anymore. With the huge demand in Europe and the United States to have more healthy, gluten-free grains, quinoa—which is very high in protein—has become very popular, especially among foodies.

So now, Bolivians cannot afford to buy quinoa, and the quinoa-growing region of the country is also the most malnourished because those who grow quinoa for export now purchase refined grains to eat from the store. In Peru, quinoa now costs more than chicken. As well their own soil now faces decreased soil fertility, as farmers mine their soil to grow quinoa year after year to meet our demand, instead of using traditional methods of rotating their crops with animal pastures to restore fertility and prevent erosion. Asparagus production for export in Peru as well has led to water shortages that locals need.

In India, farmers have seen groundwater levels drop, and have been forced to go further down for water. From 180 or 190 feet, and now even as far down as 550 feet. And the water is getting dirtier, and is polluted more and more with pesticides and chemicals.

Then we get into that which rises to buying local. Transportation costs of food is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. A basic diet of imported products can use four times the energy and produce four times the emissions of an equivalent diet from domestic and local foods.

And many of our own precious resources have been “wildcrafted” to almost an extinction in their natural habitats, and this includes considering the growing essential oil business that I love.

Simply put, the richest nations in the world for the most part, are eating their way through ecosystems all over the world, and without a concern for where our future is going. If you want to be organic, you want to be engaged in the “green” discussion, then you have to admit that you are still a consumer, even if you are eating gluten-free quinoa and fair trade chocolate. Over-consumption and sustainability are not compatible to this lifestyle, no matter how eco-friendly we try to be about it. So we need to stop feeling like it’s our right to eat superfoods every day, on demand.

The people who grow it for us often don’t have enough to eat at all because of it. And we need to think globally starting now. That brings me to the Juice Plus+ farm to capsule initiative. Juice Plus+ starts with farm fresh produce that, whenever possible, is carefully grown by midsize family farmers for the best quality nutrition. To avoid shipping the fruits and vegetables long distances, which would compromise their nutritional value, The Juice Plus+ Company locates juicing and drying facilities as close to its farmers as possible. And when that’s not possible, they use a process called Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) to lock in the nutrients of each fruit and vegetable before they have time to degrade. This also allows for a consistent supply of Juice Plus regardless of the growing season. Think about the foods, and the vibrations that you get from it. Why it feels so much better to eat something you grew in your Tower Garden, instead of purchased at the store from the organic farmer in Chile. I know that I am one to talk, because I love my hemp milk so much… but at some point we have to reduce, and now may be the time.