12 Jul Feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or sad? Eat Maca!
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to wonky hormones, digestive issues, sleep problems, weight gain and adrenal fatigue (or burnout).
The sad truth is that stress is a term everyone is familiar with, yet many don’t realize they are under any or even identify that their problems are stress related.
Why don’t we feel the effects of stress?
Because stress feels normal. Our barometer gets kind of skewed. The life you live is under somewhat of control. You’re strong, you’re resilient and adaptable. You’ve got this. I totally get it. I felt the same way… like Wonder Woman.
Until that one day when you hear yourself snapping at something trivial. Or you can’t seem to remember the simplest thing, like what you just set out to do. What about that weight you just can’t shed? How about not being able to make a decision? Or feeling like many things are left undone?
I urge you to look at your cumulative stress load.
Sadly, stress accumulates and it doesn’t go away until you deal with it and honestly let it go. And that doesn’t just apply to emotional stressors, it’s true for environmental stressors (think toxins/chemicals), diet choices and lifestyle habits.
You don’t need a traumatic event to experience stress. Stress comes in simple forms, from to-do lists, raising kids, a household to manage, a never ending inbox, job demands, relationship stress, hell finding the right outfit when you feel like shit can be stressful.
If you’re alive you’re experiencing some form of stress.
Interestingly, women experience more stress than men. There is a biological difference between genders and our hormones that contributes to women suffering in silence, trying to keep up with all demands.
Cumulative effects of stress can vary from chronic conditions, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, emotional imbalance, fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, skin issues, poor memory, IBS, insomnia, joint pain, muscle aches, and list goes on and on.
That’s a long way to introduce the one food that I consider a super food to help support stress because of it’s adaptogenic qualities… MACA!
I love using foods that support the entire body. Often that means eating superfoods that have more than one function or benefit.
Maca is one of those foods that support adrenal health, hormone balance, energy production, moods, mental clarity and libido.
The tricky thing about maca can be how to best use it in your diet because of its unique taste. Here is one of my favourite ways to use maca in food: Maca Guacamole, or drinks like Maca Cocoa Latte or Maca Tumeric Latte.
I hope you enjoy it! And I truly hope that you can look at your life and your habits to see where/how you can eliminate or shift anything that is even remotely stressful.
Wishing you peace and ease,
Need help managing stress? Schedule a private session with me, get a PsychoSomatic Energy Test done or if you want to DIY it, pick up a copy of my ebook, The Art of Balance (Stress Management Guide) here.