3 Responses to Stress and Simple Solutions

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This week I’ve been posting on various social media channels about this concept of Temple vs Trash Can.  It’s not an original idea.  You’ll hear it on several faith and fitness platforms.  But the idea here is how do we treat our bodies?  Do we treat them like the temple that they are?  Or do we treat them like a trash can?  

 

Let’s talk about food intake for a minute.  And more importantly how we use food to deal with stress.  I find that in those times when we are stressed and need our bodies to function even better is when we treat them the worst.  

To be sure, stress happens.  We have deadlines to meet.  We have to be at school and work on time.  We lift weights or run marathons.  These things, and countless others, cause stress in some form or another.  It doesn’t necessarily indicate something bad.   You can’t live life and make decisions without some stress.  When we let it take over is when it becomes a negative thing.  And it seems that more times than not, the way we deal with stress is food.  

 

3 responses to stress and simple solutions

  • We get in a hurry.  Stress makes us feel rushed.  And one of the first things that suffers is our mealtimes and the quality of food we consume.      

Solution:  Plan ahead.  Make meals you can freeze.  Have protein bars available.  Drink a superfood shake.

  • We wear ourselves out.  We get tired.  We lose sleep.  We grab something like sugar or extra caffeine to give us a jolt of energy.

Solution:  Make rest a priority.  Stick with a bedtime and wake up routine.  Consume foods like nuts and lean protein that will give energy that sustains.  

  • We lose our focus.  We become mindless when it comes to what we put into our bodies.  We grab ‘n go.  

Solution:  Take time to breathe.  Take five minutes in the morning to focus your day and pray and meditate.  Take another five in the evening to count your blessings or read a devotion.  

 

When we rush and grab or load up on sugar and energy supplements, we trash our bodies.  And when we trash our bodies, the stress on them only becomes worse.  Not only are we dealing with stressors outside but now our bodies are fatigued and low on energy, our mindset is negative and we lose confidence in the task at hand.   

But when we take some time to plan, get some rest, get our focus, we treat our bodies like the temples they were meant to be.  We honor them by filling them with good things.  We honor them with rest and time to breathe.  And when we do this, then those things that are demanding our time and our attention…..our schedules, projects, family, sporting events, etc…..we can show up for them healthy and present and ready to give our best and face the challenge before us.  

 

How do you deal with stress?  

Have you ever considered the concept that your body can be a temple or a trash can?

 

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7 thoughts on “3 Responses to Stress and Simple Solutions

  1. Good morning Marsha. My goodness, the Temple/Trash Can comparison was a HUGE moment to me. I remember the day it HIT me, very well. Jim & I were in Florida. We were watching ‘My diet is better than your diet’ on TV. A new reality show. We had just flipped the channel & something caught my attention. I had ALWAYS bought Sun Chips… Thinking they were healthier…as it said so on the bag, it MUST be true…. So I said to Jim, “as soon as I finish this bag of chips, let’s NOT buy any more”. WHATTTTT? Literally I was using my body as a TRASH CAN to get rid of my chips!!!! That day was HUGE! And I am PROUD to say, I haven’t bought (or ate) chips since. That was HUGE! I think I shared this with you, but it’s HUGE! God bless xo Carmella Sent from my iPhone

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  2. “…those times when we are stressed and need our bodies to function even better is when we treat them the worst.” THIS! So true and it should be the exact opposite! Great post! Love your tips,

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  3. This is so true! I’ve had a stressful week and I’ve noticed that I’m gravitating towards sugar when I should be eating like normal. I guess it’s a coping mechanism? I used to turn to running but I’m currently injured, so I took it to spin class today and my body definitely liked that more than cookies!

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    • Sorry to hear you’re injured. That’s tough! I love to run, and anytime I’ve been sidelined, it’s hard on me!! Spin class is great though! I used to teach a class, and I loved it. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    • “be smart and thinking”…..all about mindfulness, isn’t it. And that can be difficult to stay present with our food choices. I know you’re getting your running back, and I think it always helps when we have a training plan, because we don’t want to sabotage our progress with bad eating.

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