Monday, June 27, 2011

Beat Stress with a yogurt covered Stick!

An important thing to keep in mind when you are trying to eat healthfully or lose weight is that stress plays a major role in how quickly you can acheive your goal.

When under stress the body creates this gnarly substance called cortisol, which does all kinds of terrible things to your body like suppresing your immune system and trapping fat cells. (Ask Mr. Google if you dare!)

To counteract the effects of Cortisol on your immune system you can adjust your diet to include antioxidant rich fruits and veggies (think brightly colored ones in the orange red and citrus families like oranges and pomegranates).

Stress tends to make us want to rush through things, so slow down if you feel yourself rushing and take a few deep breaths.

Especially when eating!

Chew your food fully! Your stomach will thank you. Chewing your food until its mush aids in the digestive process.

Do you ever feel excessively sluggish after eating? If you didnt fully chew your food your digestive system is stealing your energy trying to process your food the rest of the way.

Also, add yogurt into you daily routine. The probiotics in yogurt support a healthy immune system and digestive function.

Which leads me to an impromptu product review...

Oh boy was this stuff yummy!

This yogurt, though not very yogurty, was delicious!

It's flavor notes were more like a pudding than a yogurt as it was missing that characteristic tang.

If you are looking for a the benefits of probiotice but arent crazy about the tart tang of yogurt try this! An added bonus is it taste like pudding so you can trick your tastebuds into thinking you are indulging in somehthing naughty..

So, it kind of kills two birds with one stone. Cortisol causes craving for naughty food and messes with digestion but the almight not so yogurty yogurt does the job. Woo hoo!

Yogurt to the rescue!

June 24 Eats

B: Quinoa, cinnamon, agave, unsweetened vanilla almond milk

L1: quinoa and veggies

L2: *slice veggie pizza sprinkled with nutritional yeast
*peanut butter Larabar
*Gopal"s Power Wraps in Italian Flavor (these were delicious with the chewiness of jerky)(ingredients: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sundried tomatoes, raw nori, nutritional yeast, lemon, spices, celtic sea salt) (see below)

D: *Orzo, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, red pepper, asparagus, onion with fresh parsley on top
*spinach with nutritional yeast
*3 pieces Dark chocolate coffee crunch bar

June 25 Saturday
B: Quinoa unsweetened almond milk agave and cinamon

L: *Bobos oat bar (Soooo yum! Oats, brown rice syrup, earth balance, salt, pb, etc.(purchased from Naturally Soergel's with my groupon!)I need to figure out how to make these)
* raw peach
* hummus chips
* sundried tomatoes

D lentils and asian veg

June 26 Sunday
B:*dates and pb
*one fresh peach
*sundried tomatoes
*100 calorie raw revolution spirulina and cashew bar

L: *Wendys baked potato
*trail mix (sunflower seeds, raisins, cashew, almonds)
*fruit salad (cranberries, grapes, pineapple, peach, mango)
*dried cherries

D: *date and pb
* sundried tomatoes
* hummus chips

June 27 Monday
B: *Peanut butter and dates (yes im addicted)
* naked granny smith apple
* peach
* dried cherries

L: *Quinoa + mix veg
* CoCoVita Coconut Water with pineapple juice

* Dried cherries
*Trader JOes seaweed snack

D: * rice fried Quinoa (beans, yellow squash, zuchini, red pepper, napa cabbage (from Soergel's!) sundried tomatoes (from Soergel's!)

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