Love breakfast burritos...
Can fermented foods make you a happier person? Can they even up your social game? It may seem farfetched but, apparently, it’s not.
When I’m not eating a clean diet, including fermented foods, and taking a good probiotic, I start to feel more stressed and overwhelmed. In the past, I didn’t know how to reduce anxiety so I’d wake up at 3 am worrying about everything! Of course, the last thing I’d want to do after a poor night’s sleep is socialize and make new friends.
Stress can disrupt the balance of your gut flora, which then affects hormones, such as cortisol. Waking up in the middle of the night is a byproduct. These types of symptoms are enhanced if you drink wine to calm your nerves.
The gut flora/microbiota also regulates hormone balance. If you suffer from PMS and PMS-related anxiety, it’s likely due to an overgrowth of bad bacteria.
In a recent study of young adults, an association was found between fermented foods and a reduction in social anxiety. Researchers found that among students who were prone to being anxious and hyper, those who ate fermented foods were less anxious overall.
Another study from McMaster University showed that mice treated with antibiotics became more antisocial. Once their good bacteria levels returned, their behavior returned to normal. Who knew it could be that simple?
If you’re wondering how to reduce anxiety in your life, it might be worth increasing your daily intake of beneficial bugs by adding sauerkraut, kimchi and lots of greens to your diet. Making them is super simple, and I share a bunch of recipes on my site for beginners and adventure seekers alike.
While I prefer homemade ferments, you can find them at the grocery store. Just be sure to look for them in the refrigerated section. Fermented foods found on a shelf have been pasteurized, which means the beneficial bacteria and enzymes are dead.
If you have any questions about how to reduce anxiety with fermented foods, or how to improve the health of your gut, email me to book a free consultation. I would love to hear from you and get you started on your healing journey.
As some of you know, I’m a mother of three. And as some of you can relate, I don’t get to spend as much time with my kids as I did when they were little. Our kitchen, fortunately, is a place where we can all connect and spend quality time together. I treasure the times we can cook and eat a family meal together.
I always appreciate being pampered on Mother’s Day, but the holiday is even more meaningful when we actively do things together, just like cooking. Spending time with my loved ones lowers my stress levels and makes me happier--and that means a boost for my immune system and overall health!
My favorite Mother’s Day activities to enjoy with the whole family include:
Making homemade brunch together, featuring my favorite foods like fermented chai low-carb granola and vegan bulletproof coffee. You can even bake some cookies for dessert while you’re at it. Cooking is so much more fun when you have sous chefs to help!
A walk or outdoor game in the park (or a hike, if everyone is feeling up for it). I also love the botanical gardens. Nature always has a way of putting things in perspective.
Working in the garden. Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to plant certain vegetables and flowers, and getting our hands in the soil means exposure to beneficial bacteria and sunshine for Vitamin D.
Connecting with the animal world, either by horseback riding, or visiting a farm or a nature preserve. In fact, there are studies that suggest spending time with animals can actually help you release stress.
Celebrating Mother’s Day a day early by visiting the farmer’s market on Saturday. The Kelowna Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood even has a Mother’s Day Festival planned. You can select spring produce and make a family meal together the next day.
At night, I like to take 10-20 minutes to meditate by myself and reflect on our adventures. Doing so reminds me how grateful I am for my family and gives me a chance to integrate the experiences. You can even journal about it or write a gratitude list.
These Mother’s Day activities are ways to spend a day everyone will enjoy. For more inspiration, head over to my Instagram account and see what fun things our family is up to on a daily basis.