Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten shares if women can reduce stress by eating.
When you eat fresh whole food in its natural state as often as possible--meaning fruits and veggies and whole grains and beans and peas, nuts and seeds, and also lean and low-fat dairy, fish, meat, and poultry, instead of processed pepperoni, instead of potato chips, or whatever and white flour or Wonder bread and Twinkies--when you are consuming fresh whole food in its natural state as often as possible, you are taking in the vitamins and minerals in the ratio in which nature meant for you to consume it. And that means that your mind and body are going to get the vitamins and minerals it needs to be relaxed, calm, and I bring that up because one example we just talked about carbohydrate foods, that they can release serotonin, but when you consume, for example, whole grains, they have lots of the B vitamins.
There are 8 B vitamins in the B vitamin family, and four or five of them are linked with combating depression. And so, the implication is when you eat lots of processed food, you are not taking in adequate--because it doesn’t have the whole grain and all the components--and therefore you are not taking in the B vitamins and other vitamins and minerals and the good fats, the essentially fatty acids we hear about all the time.
So there’s a whole dance that goes on with the food that you consume and vitamins and minerals in the food. It’s not a simple matter of just one element of it.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.