What I Ate Wednesday: Let’s Talk Surprising Facts About Exercise and Stress!

What I Ate Wednesday: Let’s Talk Surprising Facts About Exercise and Stress!featured

Happy WIAW

This week I thought I would not only share with you my eats but also share some cool new facts I’ve learnt recently! Studies in health are constantly being published and I feel as if I am always learning new things! I shall pass on to you some information worthy of your time (or at least I am hoping it is worthy).

This post goes to show that health is not only about nutrition, physical and mental health are just as, and if not more, important then nutrition!

Breakfast

Homemade  raisin, cranberry and cardamom bread with lemon yogurt, blueberries and cheerios + sunbutter and coffee.

The study that left me the most shocked is a recent one that came out about sedentary living and exercise. It turns out that many of us are, by definition, sedentary. Taking myself as an example, I spend most of my days sitting in class, studying, blogging, reading, I mean most of what I am doing is sitting down. Sure, I walk around and I exercise regularly, but my lifestyle as a whole is sedentary.

This new study showed that 30 minutes to 1 hour of physical activity per day has no impact on health if your overall lifestyle is sedentary. say whaaaat?!!? 

Salad

Cesar salad and chicken with homemade Cesar dressing (all these homemade things are always made by my mom by the way, she is the best!!)

The study showed that too much sitting time increases the risk of premature mortality.

In all honestly, I had a hard  time believing this study, but the more I think of it, the more I understand. As humans, we are not meant to be sitting in front of a screen for hours in a day or to watch TV for countless hours. We were meant to move around!

The advice these researchers gave was to try and consciously reduce sitting time. It got me thinking about all the ways I could improve my standing time, like studying while walking around in my room, or watching a show while walking (slowly, no need to go into exercise mode) on a treadmill. It could even be to just get up from your office chair and stretch every half hour. 

This can be hard to implement at first, but I think it could have such amazing impacts on our health and it really doesn’t require much effort at all.

Smoothie Bowl

First attempt at a smoothie bowl: berries and banana, coconut tofu and milk with coconut flakes, granola, hemp seeds and blueberries as toppings

Essential Oil Diffuser

Speaking of stress, my sister made an amazing mix of essential oils in our diffuser; she mixed a bunch of citrus essential oils, with lime and lavender. It was invigorating, yet relaxing, this smelled so good throughout my afternoon study session!

The second awesome fact I learnt was in a recent Ted Talk and it is about stress. We all know that stress is bad for health, but it seems that our outlook on stress can have more impacts then stress itself.

Coffee

Coffee #2 because studying becomes boring

In this study, they showed that some people see stress as being bad and detrimental, while others see it as something that pushes them, almost seeing its as a tool for coping with the harder things in life. After comparing these two groups, the people who viewed stress as harmful were 43% more likely to die. 

Brushetta

Brushetta mix, parmesan shavings and crackers as an afternoon snack

The speaker, Kelly McGonigal, gave an interesting quote about this topic, she said “When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress”.

Chocolate

Cookies n Creme Chocolate while shopping at the mall. In the picture, you see James coming out of the changing room, what you fail to see is his judging face seeing me with my camera taking a picture. Also, he ate more then half of this chocolate and I was quite upset (I need my chocolate).

She said, when you are stressed, your heart is pounding and your breathing is faster. If you want to avoid thinking that stress is harmful, tell yourself that this pounding heart is preparing you for the events to come, getting you primed for action.

The fast breathing is good too, it is helping you get oxygen to your brain. It is important to view the stress response as something there to aid you in your performance, and if you do see it as something that can aid you, you can actually become less anxious and more confident! (Oh, and 43% less likely to die, no big deal).

Lentil Sheperd's Pie

Vegetarian Sheperd’s Pie from Budget Bytes (yummy!!!)

So, would you be ready to start moving a little more throughout your day and viewing stress as a good thing?!

I think I am. It’s surprising how hard it can be to try and move more when we get so wrapped up in what we are doing, but I will try to become more aware of it!

Muffin

Blueberry muffin with Sunbutter + Selena Gomez on the Grammy’s

I also shared a Red Velvet Truffle with James, but I think I have been showing them off enough on my blog, so I did not take a picture of them.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

Do you view stress as being good, or do you see it as being harmful?

About the author

Stephanie Leduc

Stephanie - 22 years old - lover of food - Dietetics intern - Believes in a balanced lifestyle of health, fitness and a whole lot of sugar - dreamer and wanna be traveler

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