Anxiety: The Foods To Avoid.

Over the past 3 weeks, I have taken a different approach to my diet – I have cut out A LOT of things that I generally would eat. ie chocolate, lollies, krispy kreme donuts, chips, pasta, pasta, pasta + bread!

Doing this, I have noticed a change within my anxiety, I have been LESS anxious (my anxiety is normally through the roof 24/7, I am always over thinking about my health, my life, my relationship etc)

Below are some of the things that I have taken a step back w/.

Please keep in mind, I do not drink alcohol but I do know it should be avoided with those that suffer from anxiety so I thought I should add this also.

Anxiety VS The Food We Eat

If you have anxiety, you will know that it can make you feel like you are on edge constantly.

According to Beyond Blue in any one year, over 2 million Australian adults experience anxiety. Whether it be suffering from hot flushes, chronic worrying or struggling to breathe and panic attacks, this is our body’s way of telling us it is stuck in “fight-or-flight” mode! There are so many people who feel stressed on a daily basis, and they simply put this down to having hectic work schedules and leading busy lives.

If you are feeling anxious or stressed, it can also be hard to have a good night’s sleep, which is important to help rejuvenate and get you ready for the new day ahead. Apart from external factors, it is possible to reduce anxiety by simply changing the foods that you eat. I know I always talk about eating wholesome foods because your body will respond efficiently, but this doesn’t just stop at the weight loss! Eating the right foods will help to balance your entire body including your nervous system, which plays a large role in feelings of anxiousness. Eating certain foods can act as triggers for stress and anxiety, just like eating others can help to calm you down. Many people don’t realise this and even use the wrong foods as a way to deal with their anxiety.

Foods To Avoid



Caffeine
If you live for your morning coffee and simply can’t function until you have guzzled it down (and are already looking forward to your next one) this may be taking a toll on your mood. This doesn’t just stop at coffee, but also includes energy drinks, tea or other caffeinated substance. The side effects of excessive caffeine consumption can include heart palpitations, shaking and difficulty sleeping. Even if you don’t experience any of these straight away, they could still affect your body hours later. Many people also have caffeine sensitivity without knowing about it, so that one cup of coffee could be doing much more harm than good.

Food Additives
Man-made food additives have been used for so many years to enhance the appearance and flavour of our food, but not many people realise just how bad they are for you. The ones that could trigger anxiety the most are:

Aspartame – Also known as Sweetener (951), aspartame is used to replace sugar in a number of products, from “sugar free” soft drinks to gums and other tabletop sweeteners. Researchers have found link regular consumption of aspartame with a number of health conditions, including anxiety.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – HFCS is a highly refined sweetener that can be found in most processed foods, particularly in the US. HFCS is very high in calories and, like aspartame, is  considered a contributing factor to a number of illnesses.

MSG – This is an amino acid that is used as a flavour enhancer in soups, dressings, snacks foods and frozen foods. MSG is an excitotoxin which over excites cells to the point of damage. Regular consumption is known to trigger depression, headaches and fatigue.

Food Dyes – Food dyes are sometimes added to soft drinks, salad dressings, fruit juices and cheese. Some food dyes, particularly Red #40 & Yellow #5, can disrupt normal nervous system function, which may increase symptoms of anxiety.

Salt
Diets that are high in salty foods increase blood pressure, which forces your heart to work harder. When this happens, your body releases the stress hormone adrenaline which paves the way to edginess and tension. So if you are eating salty foods before bed, instead of calming your body down you could be making it work harder. When cooking at home, use herbs and spices to add flavour to your foods in the place of salt and avoid buying pre-flavoured meats if you can. Try not to add salt to dishes when dining out as foods often already have large amounts of added salt.

Sugar
Like salt, you should also avoid foods that contain refined sugars. After eating sugar, you will generally have a burst of energy and then your blood levels will drop. This will not only will leave you feeling tired and sluggish, but may also make you feel anxious. When your blood sugar levels are irregular and drop from high to low constantly, the hormones adrenalin and cortisol are released, which can cause anxiety and panic. If you tend to reach for the muffins and sweets at 3pm because you are suddenly starving, you may not only be messing up your energy levels but it could leave you feeling edgy and irritable for the next few hours. Not a good mix if you have already had a long day filled with deadlines and email overload.

Junk/Fast Food
Sometimes when we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, the best thing we can think of doing is driving to the nearest take away joint and indulging in that big, juicy burger. While that may satisfy you for a few minutes, the effects it has on your body will continue many hours later. No, you don’t have to reach for a salad every time but instead opt for some lean protein, which will not only have a positive effect on you and will also keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Alcohol
If burgers aren’t really your thing but sitting down to relax after a stressful day with a glass of wine in hand is – your anxiety may not thank you for it! Alcohol is a depressant and interferes with the production and use of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood. Alcohol also significantly hinders your metabolism. So that glass of wine before bed could potentially alter your blood sugar levels and hydration, which may lead to a restless rather than restful sleep. If you use alcohol as a way to wind down after a long day, try replacing it with yoga or meditation – even taking a hot bath!

I hope the above has helped you 🙂

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

20 thoughts on “Anxiety: The Foods To Avoid.

    1. Hehe, I don’t know if thats a good thing or a bad thing 😛
      I know for a fact that foods we eat t
      end to have a positive + negatove effect on us. Sugar is the biggest anxisty trigger for me – once stepping back from it, I am very grateful as I am starting to feel less anxious. ❤

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  1. This is such a huge help. We are trying to get back to being healthy, and with our various needs, sometimes it’s hard to keep things straight. I’m going to share this with mu husband!

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    1. It is amazing – this is something that I have come across recently + it really opened my eyes.

      It makes you aware of the things you are putting into your body + how they affect our bodies.

      Cutting out sugar, junk food, fast food etc has made such an amazing effect on me.

      I am forever grateful for coming across these facts.

      I have just posted the things we ‘should’ be eating – be sure to check that out.

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  2. This is such good information. I’m a huge proponent of dietary changes for the sake of mental health. I do mu best to stress this with all my clients. In addition to their medication there is more tgey can do to feel better. I had a client the other day talking about his anxiety the “thousands” of different things his has done to get rid of it. Yet every time I made a suggestion, he yes/but it because “he’s different” and what was he drinking one of those tall can monster drinks! Loaded with sugar and caffeine. Suggested he stop drinking those which would help him sleep and decrease his anxiety, nope! Had a reason to keep on doing it. He didn’t want to change. But I’m constantly telling them the role diet has in their mental health.

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      1. Thank you very much ❤

        Your blog post made me feel so happy – I am so happy that you found one of your triggers – it's always great finding out a trigger bc you know what can spark a anxiety attack.

        I am also happy to hear your husband helps you w/ Google Maps + changes your thought pattern.

        Having the support form your loved ones is amazing ❤

        Thank you once again for sharing your journey w/ me ❤

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