WORKSHOP 7

Managing Stress Through Diet and Lifestyle

WHAT IS "HEALTH"?
  • Definitions and reflection on what health is and what it means 

  • How applicable is it to today’s society? 

WHAT IS STRESS?
  • Defining Stress: It’s about you and your reactions to circumstances and the feelings (mental, physical and emotional) that come with it. 

THE 2 TYPES OF STRESS
  •  Acute 

  • Chronic 

HOW DOES THE BODY RESPOND TO STRESS?
  • The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System, neurotransmitters and hormones 

  • Adrenaline 

  • Cortisol 

  • Fight or flight response 

CHRONIC STRESS AND ITS EFFECT ON THE BODY
  • Immunity 

  • Gut flora and digestion 

  • Skin health and detoxification 

  • Cardiovascular 

  • Joints/ muscles 

  •  Emotions 

  • Cognition 

MANAGING STRESS
  • Understanding and accepting it as part of modern day life 

  • Difference between positive and negative stress 

  • Short term and ongoing stress 

  • Decision fatigue 

MANAGING STRESS AND NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
  • Supporting body systems that are under stress, including: 

  • Endocrine system & hormonal release 

  • Nervous System – adrenal fatigue/ exhaustion 

  • Immune system 

  • Digestive system 

  • Muscular system 

THE KEY NUTRIENTS IN MANAGING STRESS - AN OVERVIEW
  • Potassium 

  • Magnesium 

  • B Vitamins 

  • Antioxidants 

  • Omega 3 fatty acids & healthy fats 

  • Probiotics 

  • Vitamin D 

  •  Folate 

  •  Tryptophan 

WHAT TO AVOID AND INCREASE
  • Avoid simulants 

  • Replacing processed foods with fresh food 

  • Include: 

    • Multi vitamins 

    • Probiotics 

    • Amino Acids 

LIFESTYLE MEASURES
  • Sleep inducers 

  • Work, Life & Personal balance 

  • Addressing health/ emotional issues 

  • Exercise 

  • Caffeine 

  • Cigarettes 

  • Fun 

  • Contingencies for stressful times 

SUPPLEMENTS AND MEAL PLANS
THERAPIST
Claudia Thornhill

Claudine Thornhill (Dip. NT (CNM), mBANT, mNNA, rCNHC) is a true believer in the power of all of us to create the lives we want, including the health that we want. Her mission is to promote not only the benefits of a life of health and wellness, but also the means of getting there through nutritional advice, information and support.  Read More...

INTRODUCTION

  • Session Content and Format 

  • Fun, interactive and informative way to understand more about stress and how you as individuals can manage it. 

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