Research shows that a holistic lifestyle is beneficial to those with autoimmune disease. But let’s be honest: it can be difficult for anyone to keep up a perfectly balanced lifestyle — let alone someone with an autoimmune disease.
It’s great to take steps to find more balance in your life, but sometimes you need to compromise — and that’s okay! Try using one of these three trade-offs that will help you to compensate when you can’t balance it all.
1. Stressed? Get your nutrition together!
Stress is one of the biggest depressors of the immune system and can trigger flare-ups or bad symptoms. When you are stressed, it’s tempting to reach for energy drinks or soda for a quick boost. Keep in mind, however, that caffeine can actually increase your anxiety levels. Since your immune system is already being compromised due to your stress, off-set its effects by nourishing your body with lots of amazing, nutritious foods. If you know that you have a big assignment or deadline coming up, try to “stock” yourself up with the good stuff so that your body has something to fall back on when the deadline gets closer and your stress grows greater.
If you’re anything like me, then thinking about a healthy meal plan when you have a deadline just seems to add to the problem. But instead of giving up and driving straight to your nearest fast food restaurant, think about grabbing some super quick healthy options like hummus, guacamole, smoothies, and trail mix.
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