Effects of Lifestyle and Stress

Stress can lead to improved health and productivity - or it can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction, and more.

North American families commonly view their lifestyle as an entity out of their control. If they have two or more children, the race is on to get them to their activities at locations across town from each other, feed them, and fund the process. While kids are active in clubs and sports, they are also overweight and so are their parents. Food is one reason; stress is another; and (ironically) inactivity is a third.

Do the Math

Take a closer look at those routines to see how much moving around everyone is really doing. Mom or dad is in the car for several hours daily going to and from work and then running children to soccer, dance, or music classes. They aren’t getting any exercise at all. Kids who play sports are on the pitch or court perhaps twice weekly but spend much of their time in the car or van being ferried to and from matches, practices, and siblings’ activities.

While in the car they play video games, watch DVDs, and eat. At home, the family doesn’t hang out together much to promote a spirit of unity and openness. It’s a lonely and isolated life in many respects for everyone concerned. Friends can’t find time for casual get-togethers anymore.

Food Balance

Meals are eaten during this rush lack balance. A plate (if you sat down to dinner) should be divided roughly into quarters: one each for protein and carbs, the last two for vegetables and/or fruits. Each quarter would be about the size of an individual’s fist, meaning servings would differ from person to person.

A balance of good foods contributes to physical and mental well-being. Hormone levels essential for moods and metabolism are more balanced. While depression and anxiety aren’t always so easily fixed, some cases are brought under control with dietary changes. Blood sugar bouncing high and down low in a rapid cycle leaves a person feeling emotionally unstable while also leading to insulin resistance, weight gain, and Type 2 Diabetes. This happens when someone eats too many sugary or baked goods like bread, cookies, candy, or cold cereal.

Foods and Moods on the Go

Few people drink enough water. People drink soda or coffee to stay awake or because it’s part of a fast-food meal package, thus consuming too much caffeine which is bad for sleep and anxiety. They eat the serving given to them although many kids, faced with a too-large meal, discard part of their food every day. Parents feel guilty about all that waste, adding to the stress, anxiety, and depression. Seeing their weight rise and size grow is depressing too. Organic Chlorella can help to reduce oxidative stress improve skin tone.

Is this really necessary?

Sit down with the family and ask what they would be willing to do in order to maintain the lifestyle as they know it. Would older kids work for neighbors mowing lawns or babysitting to help pay club fees? Children who are passionate about activities will do almost anything to support them. If not, they’ll let a few things slide. Use any time you gain to prepare good food for health and engage in self-care: exercise, socializing, and reading quietly.

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