First and foremost, have you celebrated your wonderfulness lately? I mean really, you are such a special person. There is nobody exactly like you. When you regularly acknowledge that you are wonderful just for who you are, that in itself can help you reduce anxiety. If you are reading this blog post, and experiencing anxiety about food, inhale, exhale and relax. If you have asked the question, “Are there anxiety causing foods?, the answer is yes. Additionally, there are foods that contribute to calming you, too. First let’s talk about foods that may be anxiety-causing.
Anxiety Causing Foods
Basically, foods that can cause anxiety are ones that are prepared in ways that cause upset to a person’s system. Some of these foods include fried foods, high glycemic carbohydrates, processed sugars, and alcoholic drinks. Your system needs nutrition-rich foods that work with your particular system.
Food Is Fuel, Plain and Simple
Have you been to the gas pump lately? If so, you know there are different grades of fuel for your automobile. The same is true for food.
Real food is grown without much processing. Without processing means it is in its own wrapper such as the outer skin. If you pick up a raw apple, you cannot read the ingredients because there is no printed label on it. It is simply an apple.
Are There Anxiety Causing Foods?
Yes, some of them are the ones with toxic chemicals on/in them. But there is more to it than that for some people. Some people have allergies to certain foods. For example, some people can be deathly allergic to peanuts or to any food. It is because food is actually made up of individual ingredients that, at an atomic level, work together to be that food.
Let’s talk about the apple again for example. According to http://herballegacy.com/Lovett-Brown_Chemical.html, the follow describes the genetic make-up of an apple:
“Those with known biological activities located in either the fruit or peel or both are: Alpha-Linolenic-Acid, Asparagine, D-Categin, Isoqurctrin, Hyperoside, Ferulic-Acid, Farnesene, Neoxathin, Phosphatidyl-Choline, Reynoutrin, Sinapic-Acid, Caffeic-Acid, Chlorogenic-Acid, P-Hydroxy-Benzoic-Acid, P-Coumaric-Acid, Avicularin, Lutein, Quercitin, Rutin, Ursolic-Acid, Protocatechuic-Acid, and Silver. From Dr. James Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database website, we find that in addition to these phytochemicals the whole fruit contains many more for which the biological activity is not yet known. Many of the benefits of the apple come from enzymes and flavinoids.”
What Foods Can Naturally Calm You?
Some researchers believe that tryptophan-rich foods such as bananas, cheese, chicken, milk, oats, peanut butter, nuts, sesame seeds and turkey can reduce stress and calm you. Why? Tryptophan, an amino acid helps your brain produce feel-good chemicals. A precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, tryptophan can have a direct effect on calming you. But, there is some controversy about whether tryptophan crosses the blood-brain barrier. So, if tryptophan does calm you, it will most likely subtly calm you.
A simple way to feel good about you and the things you do in your life is to regularly use self-hypnosis. This is a natural and normal nervous system phenomenon part of you when you are born. If you’d like to learn more about how to hypnotize yourself and reduce your anxiety about food, please contact me.