Eat And Be Happy

Eat And Be Happy

Anti-Anxiety Foods to Erase the Stress From Your Holiday Season!

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, but unfortunately, for many it comes with a lot of stress. Not only can this anxiety ruin your holiday, but it can wreak havoc on the healthy lifestyle you’re trying to achieve. A stressed body does not perform the way it’s supposed to, and it pushes your fitness goals further away, even when you are doing everything else you’re supposed to do.

So how can you combat this? There are the usual suggestions, such as incorporating yoga and meditation into your daily routine, diffusing lavender essential oil, and taking time out of your day for self-care. But I have another suggestion: Eat for your anxiety. Yes, you can do this. There are foods that induce stress, and those that don’t. For example, foods high in Vitamin B, such as chicken, citrus fruits, and eggs, have been shown to reduce depression. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm, can be stimulated by eating foods with tryptophan, such as turkey, bananas, and oats. Foods high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, have also been shown to reduce anxiety and stress.

Depressants and caffeinated foods and beverages, such as coffee and alcohol, should be avoided. Unfortunately, the buzz and happy feeling these foods provide is only temporary. Caffeine can limit serotonin levels, which leads to depression, and both of these beverages are diuretics, meaning they dehydrate your body. And when your body is dehydrated, it’s not happy.The biggest area of conflict in eating for happiness refers to how carbohydrates affect the body. For years, carbs have been known as the ultimate comfort food. I am happy to inform you that carbs can definitely be a great way to reduce stress – you just have to eat the right ones. Whole grains slowly release sugar into the bloodstream, keeping you feeling lively, while increasing serotonin levels in the brain to make you happy. High processed and sugary carbs, while providing a quick high, ultimately bring you down as the body struggles to increase insulin to remove the excess sugar from the bloodstream, which causes you to feel tired rather than happy.

So there you have it – a list of healthy foods to help

you keep this holiday season joyful. Remember to stay strong in the pursuit of your goals, but, most importantly, enjoy yourself. The holidays are a time to spend time with family and to feel like a kid again. Embrace it. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for a great first year.

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To The Man Who Catcalled Me

You've probably already forgotten about me, but I can't forget about you.

Dear Asshole,

First of all, screw you.

I don't know you, but you tried talking to me anyway.

You thought you had a right to raise your voice and call to me--as if I'm a dog, as if I should listen when you speak. You don't deserve my attention.

Unfortunately, I heard every word that passed through your lips.

You went out of your way to make me feel small. I pretended not to hear what you said, but I carried it with me the entire way home.

You probably forgot about it, but your words echoed in my ears for hours. Your stupid comment caused me more pain than I'd like to admit.

How dare you take a few seconds of your life to waste hours of mine.

You made me feel dirty in my own skin.

I went home and didn't want to look at myself in the mirror because all I could feel was shame.

I wondered if I could've done something differently to avoid you--wore less makeup, maybe; anything to avoid comments like yours.

It's not me that's the problem, though. It's you. What kind of man behaves the way that you did? Your words were hurtful, whether or not you intended them to be.

You took my self-confidence and my peace of mind away from me in a matter of seconds.

Before you, I felt good.

I wasn't doing anything to deserve your attention--I was just waiting at a traffic light.

It doesn't matter what I was doing, really. You had no reason to call out to me, to speak to me with no regard for my humanity, but you did it anyway.

You've probably already forgotten about me, but I can't forget about you.

The amount of time I've spent thinking about what you said is far more than you deserve.

You don't deserve a letter. You deserve a kick in the balls.

Regardless, this is a message for you, or men like you, who think that catcalling complete strangers is okay.

Attention all assholes:

I am female, but that does not mean that I am fragile.

My body is not yours. It is no one else's. It is mine.

Sexualizing my body is not a compliment.

I am more than a body. I am a person. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lover.

I don't deserve to be talked to like a piece of meat.

I am not here for your pleasure.

I am tired of being just a body. Women are tired of being just bodies. We are more than that--we are smart, we are strong, we are worthy of respect.

If you cannot speak to women with respect, you do not deserve to speak at all.

I hope you think about what you said, even for a moment.

I hope you never speak to another woman the way you spoke to me.

I hope you realized something from this experience, like I did.

Because you catcalled me, I remembered my worth.

Sincerely,

A Woman Who's Tired Of This Shit

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I'm Headed Back To The Water

Water Is Home. Just Dive In.

When I was a little girl my grandfather and mama taught me how to swim. I fell in love with the water and frankly, swimming was something I excelled at. They taught me how to swim before I could walk. Once I was a little bit older my parents quickly enrolled me in Red Cross swim lessons at a local pool. By the age of four I was swimming on a summer league team, and by eight, I was swimming competitively year round.

The water is where I feel at home. I’m not clumsy or awkward. I move fluidly with strength and speed. When I’m in the water, the world disappears. I get to be in my own head, working towards a goal while not worrying about my surroundings. So, I’m headed back to the water.

I know I will not be swimming the way I once did. I’m not looking to be a competitive swimmer again. I have no desire to wake up before the crack of dawn to hop in an icy cold pool. I’m going back to the water to find myself again. To find the girl who had a lot more confidence than I currently do. To find the girl who trusted her body to make the right movements and get her to where she needed to be. I’m looking to find the physical strength and endurance I once had that has since been lost.

When in the water, I feel safe because of the confidence I have in my ability, but also because I trust my body. I’ve never been scared that I would drown because I knew my body would get me back to the wall or would automatically bring me to the surface. I don’t place the same trust in my body while on land. I’m much more clumsy; it doesn't matter if I’m walking or running. I’ve fallen down the stairs, up the stairs, and tripped over my own feet.

When I stopped swimming, I lost myself. I think it’s time I find myself again.

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