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Tip of the week: November 8th

Eat for Less Stress!

Situations, environment, deadlines, peers... all add stress to our lives... and yes, even FOOD can add stress in the body!!
The impact of stress takes a negative toll on the body if we don't do something to change it...

Try reducing or eliminating these five foods to positively affect your body and reduce stress:

1. Sugar - By eliminating foods with added sugars—like pastries, flavored yogurt, and soda—and eating more whole foods, you’ll keep your blood sugar stable, which means fewer mood swings, reduced stress, and a happier body.
2. Artificial Sweeteners - These artificial sweeteners can lead to health problems like headaches, metabolic disease, and cardiovascular disease. But they can also result in an addiction to sugary foods by retraining your taste buds, causing you to seek out even more sweet (and largely unhealthy) foods.
3. Processed Carbohydrates - aside from making you extra thirsty, the extra sodium in the found in these foods causes your body to retain more fluid, which then forces your heart to work harder to keep the blood pumping. It can also increase blood pressure, making you feel bloated and generally unwell, which can certainly increase your stress levels.
4. Alcohol - drinking alcohol can increase the production of hormones that will leave you feeling anxious and more stressed than before you began imbibing. It can also increase blood pressure and heart rate and trigger those same stress-like symptoms within the body.
5. Excess Caffeine - Too much caffeine can spell trouble for your adrenal glands by overstimulating the body. And because it stimulates the nervous system, caffeine can cause a rise in blood pressure and heart rate that will ultimately increase feelings of anxiety.

Test it out for yourself!  All you've got to lose is some added stress :0)

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Recipe of the week: November 30th

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake it for approx. 45 minutes until it is soft.

2. Then cut the potato in half and scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a 5 mm layer of potato. But don’t throw the tasty flesh away – you can use it as an extra side dish or turn it into mashed sweet potatoes.

3. Carefully crack an egg into each sweet potato half and bake your skins for an additional 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and some crushed red pepper flakes before enjoying your orange-colored snack ????

*One serving contains about 400 calories, 60 g of carbohydrates, 20 g of protein and 10 g of fat*

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