Bummer your body isn't feeling well. Feeling frustrated sucks when you are working hard and feel your efforts are not yielding the results you were hoping for. Before we explore what else you can do to improve your success I want to congratulate you on continuing your search for answers and exploring new possibilities for improvement and better health. It's a long road and I am glad you are here and continuing your meaningful pursuit to feel better.
If what you have been trying isn't working to relieve your nagging symptoms, it is time to start a new hypothesis - this is the L (Learn) of my L-O-V-E method that I teach my clients.
🔬 What if... your crampy and upset stomach has nothing to do with WHAT you ate and more to do with HOW you ate it? Maybe you are not sensitive to certain foods but are sensitive to something else?
🔬 What if ... the answers to increasing your energy are not found in how you ate, or move?
🔬 What if ... your current symptoms from your diet, movement or weight could be reduced or eliminated with better stress management?
If you practiced consistent stress management, would you feel better in your body?
What do you think? Are you ready to explore and experiment and discover your personalized results?
Our stress response is our body's very natural and organic way of recovering from stimulation that it interprets as potentially harmful. It is good and essential for our survival. However, like most things, our body needs balance and functions best when we stay away from extremes with anything and especially with our sympathetic (stress) and parasympathetic (relax) systems. When our body is in fight or flight (survival) mode it is not paying much attention to food.
I like to use the imagery that if you were running from a lion, you are unlikely to stop for a sandwich. Food is the LAST thing on your mind when you are "surviving the day" therefore our digestive power is decreased during times of stress. We experience stress from the obvious unpredictable moments such as aggravating traffic, other people, or having to stop to change a poopy diaper when you are already late...again... We also experience stress from less obvious events such as our thoughts (worry), hunger and fatigue.
Stress has many positive responses as well, but today I am going to highlight a few negative responses that may be a sneaky cause of some of the symptoms that you might be trying to solve with elimination diets, medication, or trying to lose weight that can be relieved or eliminated simply by taking moments to slow down and give your sympathetic nervous system a break.
If you think that there is no way your symptoms could be relieved by stress relief practices then you are not alone, I felt the exact same way when a physical therapist fist prescribed stress reduction techniques for my chronic abdominal pain. It took me a long time to accept that deep breathing and mindful moments was somehow magically going to eliminate the sharp and consistent PAIN I had.... but it did! Now when that nagging pain presents it'self, my first response is always moments of relaxation (and water). It really does help!
28 Symptoms of Unbalanced Stress
⬇ Nutrient Absorption
⬆ Nutrient Excretion (nutrient dense pee)
⬆ Nutrient deficiencies
⬆ Serum triglycerides
⬆ Blood Platelet aggregation (heart disease risk factor)
⬆ Hydrochloric acid production (ulcers)
⬆ Swallowing rate (digestive upset)
⬆ Food Sensitivities and Allergies
⬆ Erratic function of LES (lower esophageal sphincter)
⬆ Insulin resistance
⬆ Risk of osteoporosis
⬆ Oxidative Stress
⬆ Salt retention
⬇ Gut Flora populations
⬇ Oxygen Supply (essential for metabolism)
⬇ Thermic efficiency
⬇ Growth Hormone
⬇ Salivary Secretions
⬇ Thyroid Hormone
⬇ Eicosanoids (hormones that influence energy and metabolic function)
⬇ Muscle Mass
⬇ Sex hormones
⬆ Mitochondria (powerhouse cells)
⬇ Kidney function (especially important if you are limiting carbohydrates)
⬇ or ⬆ Gastric Emptying (constipation or diarrhea, allergies, sensitivities, and diseases of the colon)
Everyone knows that slowing down is one of the most efficient ways to combat stress. BREATHE and take moments to calm your sympathetic nervous system, but... 👉 HOW?? 👈
3 Strategies to Reduce the Negative Impacts of Stress
- Stay in the moment - when your thoughts drift off to "what if land" or make up stories of how others would react to your actions. Catch them, and re-direct to what you can control (your thoughts) and come back to the possibilities of now.
- Take breathing breaks - You don't need long commitments to relaxation, even though a yoga class may be fantastic, it might not be possible or realistic for you YET. Mindfully take the time to breathe consciously and slowly. Waiting in line, while going to the bathroom (yes!), in the shower, cooking, driving, and before meetings are all great times to pause and take a few intentional breaths. It seems so insignificant, I know, but from the list above I hope you can see what a HUGE impact a little extra oxygen can make. We are walking chemistry experiments if you take a deep dive to the cellular level of the human body, and without oxygen our, it struggles to keep up, and the chemistry gets off, leaving us feeling - yucky!
- Let go of perfectionism. You don't have to be all and do all for everyone. Other people are just as capable, creative, resourceful, and hold the ability to learn just as you do. If it is costing you your health and keeping you from doing the things in life you dream of doing; it is time to start delegating and letting go of control to give you some space for a more peaceful life.
What strategies do you take to escape the daily rush? Share them with us in the comments below!
**15 Sources for Symptoms of Stress found in Marc David's Book The Slow Down Diet **