You may have heard of people referring to a “Divorce Diet”, well there is not a diet for people going through a divorce. However, people DO lose weight whilst going through a divorce. Sadly, this is not down to eating a more healthy diet and increasing exercise. It is purely down to increased stress.
Stress, not only affects your appetite, it often causes people to skip meals or just eat less. Stress can also affect you in other ways too:
- aches and pains
- tense muscles
- mood changes
- difficulty falling or staying asleep
- difficulty with short-term memory
- increased heart rate
- decreased sex drive
Whilst going through a divorce, it is easy to think it will get back to normal when its all over, but a divorce can currently take months. All these stress-related issues can have a huge effect on your health.
Although very difficult whilst you are worrying about how the children will cope, where you are going to live, how you will cope financially and every other concern that is running through your head at a hundred miles an hour.
Everyone going through a divorce will experience stress throughout the process. The way you handle that stress will either make life very difficult or manageable
Try to force yourself to take some time out for yourself. Taking some exercise, a run, go to the gym or even just a walk, can give you a boost mentally as well as physically.
Your divorce not only occupies your mind to what seems like every waking moment, but it will also occupy your mind when thinking about meals. Unless you have children to look after who will require a meal. It is very easy to skip that meal as your appetite just isn’t demanding food.
Divorce Diet Ideas
If you are lacking in ideas to boost your stress-related diet, here are some ideas:
- Nuts – Contains Omega-3 fatty acid, which can help reduce stress
- Red Pepper – Contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges. Diets loaded with vitamin-C-rich foods lower cortisol and help people cope with stress.
- Salmon – Contains Omega-3 fatty acid, which can help reduce stress
- Spinach is high in magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol and blood pressure too
- Oatmeal – Is warm and comforting—and it also helps your brain generate the destressing neurotransmitter serotonin. Refined carbohydrates cause blood sugar spikes, but complex carbs like oatmeal are digested slower and don’t cause blood sugar spikes.
- Dark Chocolate – lowers cortisol and fight-or-flight hormone levels when consumed regularly. But don’t overindulge, 40g is the recommended daily limit.
- Herbal Tea – Drinking herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint or ginger can be wonderfully soothing to the digestive tract, which can help with stress by calming the nervous system in your gut,
- Blueberries – When we’re anxious and stressed, our bodies crave vitamin C to help repair and protect our cells, and blueberries are packed full of it.
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