How To Deal With Anxiety Without Medication
Weight management is a very difficult task until you learn to manage your anxiety levels, see anxiety effects our appetites and weights in two different ways. The majority of people has an increase in their appetite when their anxiety levels are high, but some of us also have the opposite effect and have a loss of appetite. Many of you who have the increased appetite might be thinking I wish I had the decreased appetite, but believe me from my own experience with the loss of appetite its no picnic either.
Why Am I Losing Weight
For most of my life with my anxiety I had a very low level of appetite most of the time, this caused me to not be getting enough nutrients which only threw wood into the fire. I just become so sick most of the time I could barely get one meal into me per day, of course this caused me many other symptoms and effected my physical health. I just could not eat, even the sight or thought of food made me very sick inside. At one time my weight was down to 125 pounds, at 5’8″ this was quite under weight. I did find out eliminating gluten and dairy through my elimination diet was a huge part of my problem. For me, gluten and dairy are my most powerful trigger foods. Once I eliminated these foods from my diet, I slowly experienced a much dramatically improved health status. This was like a miracle from God, no one could realize how much of an impact eliminating these trigger foods had on my managing my weight. Even today I must get on the scale pretty much everyday and keep a close watch on my weight, especially during stressful times without realizing it I can begin to lose weight very quickly. My body for some reason when under stress and anxiety decreases my appetite without me really realizing it, even today maintaining my weight is a challenge for me.
Why Am I Gaining Weight
Now for those of you who gain too much weight from your anxiety, the majority of people experience has an overly increased appetite. Just like the people who have the decreased appetite, people with the increased appetite tends to over eat without even realizing it. The two are extremes in the complete opposite direction, both of these effect your health. Many people with the increase appetite will be over weight and it is for them a challenge to manage their weight as well. These people tend to crave foods which are extremely high in sugar and fat. One reason for this is they tend to eat more convenient foods or finger food. Finger foods are foods which take no preparation, I am sure the first food which comes to your mind are your so called junk foods.
So many people with anxiety and depression issues face the problem of managing their weight. The key to both types of eating disorders is providing good healthy nutrients in your diets. Moderation is the key to managing your weight, Vegetables are your best friend, this food group you are able to pretty much eat as much as you need and want without any problems with your weight. The main problem foods are your grains and dairy, both of these in moderation are a great value to our health, When we over consume either of these food groups, we will experience problems managing our weight.
For those of you who have problems managing your weight in the opposite direction, I recommend you start eating very small meals about the size of what a snack should consist of. At first I even had to set an alarm to remind me to eat, this type of person usually even when their anxiety levels are calm do not have the appetite to eat. One reason is our tummies are much smaller then they should be from years of under eating, another reason is our brain’s do not send us hunger signals because of our unbalanced bran chemistry. I found one of the most powerful tools to help me is to keep a food journal, I can track my food throughout my day and regulate my eating much easier. Late afternoon I pay particular attention to how much I have consumed that day, this helps me to know how much more I need to try to eat the rest of my day.
What Is The Answer
The answer for anxiety prone people to manage their weight is supplying their brains with enough nutrition each day, when our brains have the proper nutrition levels our brain chemistry is much more balanced. You will find less cravings for the less healthy foods, which for most of us this is a very important part of managing our weight. Adding healthy snacks to our diets also is a great asset, if you check online you can find healthy snacks and even healthy recipes to make your own snacks. For some of you adding a good natural brain nutritional supplement might benefit you to manage your weight, my body does not absorb enough nutrients from my food so by me adding a natural brain nutritional supplement I am receiving enough nutrients I have been managing my weight pretty well.
I hope my article today gives you a better idea what is going on with your weight management and how it is connected to your anxiety, I hope the tips I shared which works for me will possibly work for you as well. Whatever you do, do not beat yourself up for whichever weight problem you are experiencing. This will only increase your anxiety, which in turn will cause your weight problem to be even more severe. Take the time to treat yourself to something special now and then, an extra not as healthy treat now and then is not the end of the world. When you fall off your routine, just get back on your routine and move forward and never look back.