Nutritionist Chats: Fasting, Self Love Plus Stress & Anxiety Eating
We are equally as confused about some hot topics; Fasting, Self-Love, plus Stress and Anxiety eating. We love feeling vibrant and living a healthy lifestyle and it is important to possess the tools mentally and physically to do so.
Our first questions is simply.... Should we fast? Is it good for me?
It is a good method to stabilise blood sugar levels: This will depend on individuals situations, some people shouldn't fast (teenagers, pregnant women etc)
It gives your digestion system a break and helps the microbiome which is needed for everything.
Plus it does assist with weight management.
Overall if you want to incorporate fasting into your weekly nutrition schedule we do recommend seeing your family nutritionist or naturopath so you can manage the outcomes. It absolutely has its benefits, you just need to be managing the results so you can feel your best self!
Our second topic that we have been receiving a lot of questions around it to do with weight and age. What happens when your metabolism slows down?
How do I shift those stubborn kilos that I haven't had previously?
Because weight is such a sensitive topic due to wanting to look a certain way, we chat about the importance of relating weight back to the ability of your body rather than aesthetically.
Being agile, mobile and free with movement should be the key outcome for your mental space.
As you get older your body does change and it does become a little harder to maintain the weight levels you have had previously. If you are doing all the right things; healthy eating, exercising, self love management and still feeling frustrated you should go check 4 main things:
Your insulin markers and blood glucose levels
Cortisol levels (Stress hormone)
Finally our last topic that we have been really looking forward to discussing and educating around is stress and anxiety with weight and body image.
Why does my body change when I am stressed or feeling anxious?
How to I reduce my stress and anxiety levels?
Teresa specifically resonated with this topic as she highlights the importance of self love and stress. Everyone reacts differently when they are stressed, some people gain weight, others lose weight or other bodily reactions may occur; skin breakouts, erratic and emotional behaviour etc.
Getting good routine: So that you are eating well, sleeping consistently.
Thinking and accepting that life has challenges so you reduce the levels of stress when they arise.
Exercise: Moving your body because you love it, yoga and meditation are also fantastic tools.
Time management: Making sure you set realistic expectations for yourself and not squeezing to much into your day
Breathing: Taking three deep breaths when you feel anxious or stressed to reset.