The low-glycemic diet (for vegans)

When I became chronically stressed a few years ago, I quickly looked at my diet to search for an answer. In the past, diet has always been able to help me overcome my health issues, from headaches to acne. Although chronic stress obviously needs to be solved by removing the source of stress, food can play an important role in aiding the body during stressful times. I have already written about the health benefits of magnesium and general diet tips when stressed, but today I want to turn the focus on the low-glycemic diet.

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5 areas in the body that can hold stress

Stress is the feeling of being under too much pressure and lacking the resources or time to cope with the situation. Stress does not always have to stem from an acutely stressful situation. It can also arise from a traumatic past or a chronic, busy schedule. Stress can lead to an array of physical and mental symptoms, such as low energy, headaches, indigestion, and a weakened immune system. Interestingly, Lauren Roxburgh, a holistic trainer from the US, found that stress also stores as tension in the certain parts of the body. Since nearly all the cells in our body have protein receptors - called glucocorticoid receptors - that easily absorb the stress hormone cortisol, it is no wonder that stress can show up in so many areas of the body. Lauren discovered that stress manifests as tension in five main areas of the body.

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My self-care routine

Self-care has become a millennial buzzword and there is probably not a single lifestyle blogger left who has not yet shared their tips, insights or thoughts on practicing self-care. Yet within the midst of a generation looking after itself, there is also a more critical voice emerging. The concept of self-care has namely been called meaningless and some people have complained about the fact that self-care has been taken hostage by commercialism. With self-care kits, mason jars and scented candles roaming the market it is no wonder some might take issue with yet another commercial wellness hype. Still, I believe, that self-care is timely important and deeply valuable. When separating the wheat from the chaff and zooming in on the core of self-care, we can realize that self-care is not just an indulgent ego-trip. It is a practice necessary to be able to serve others.

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