We all have problems. We can so easily get overwhelmed with work stress, relationship troubles, health issues and struggles with our body image. And the more anxiety these problems create, the more difficult it becomes to solve them.
Quite often, the simplest solutions are the best ones. It starts with how you feel. And how you feel starts with what you eat.
Eating the right foods will not magically eliminate the challenges in your life. It will, on the other hand, ensure that you are equipped in the best possible wayto tackle them head on. And the best part is: the power is in your hands.
Do you feel like you're stuck in a cycle of jittery nerves and exhaustion? Do you depend on coffee to get you going in the morning? Matcha (powdered green tea leaves) could be a good alternative for you. Try a matcha smoothie for a stimulating effect that is gentler than coffee but lasts longer, and also has calming effect thanks to the L-Theanine it contains (no more jittery nerves!). Plus - matcha has a strong antioxidant power, and helps your body fight the free radicals generated by a stressful lifestyle.
2. Chronic pain
Dark leafy greens have a significant alkalizing effect on our bodies (they help correct the highly acidifying effect of the standard Western diet). This can help reduce the level of inflammation in our bodies, and alleviate chronic pain. And when chronic pain dissipates, you're free to tackle the root causes of your pain through yoga, pilates, or any other physical activity and therapy of your choice. That's what we call empowerment through food!
3. Excess weight
We gain weight because we consume more calories than we need, often in the form of concentrated fats, added sugars or animal products. Eating fiber- and water-rich vegetables will help fill your stomach with less calories. Cucumbers, celery, and leafy greens are excellent foods for weight loss!
4. Stress, depression and anxiety
If you've ever suffered from depression or anxiety, you know that they are complex phenomena with a host of causes - and a variety of possible remedies. A whole food, plant-based diet in general can help, and a few foods in particular can be precious allies. For instance, germinated brown rice (we LOVE it at Kitchen Therapy) is rich in Gamma Amino-Butyric Acid (GABA) – a compound shown to help alleviate anxiety and symptoms.
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