We spend much of our lives trying to make good decisions for our health: eating right, exercising, and getting proper nutrients. However, sometimes we fail to think about what we lose when we are too rigid when we make choices, and what can happen as result.
Stress Takes A Physical Toll On Our Bodies
The other morning I was in a funk. I drove to a house of worship, and by the time I made it the half mile, I had spent 30 minutes in Brooklyn traffic, then spent more time looking for parking. When I finally found a space, it was in a no standing zone—so stressful! I parked there hoping it would be fine.
I then became preoccupied with my parking spot, and couldn’t really make the most of my prayers. Luckily my car was still there when I got out. Next stop, find parking near the Sephardic Community Center, so I could exercise. That took 30 minutes. After my workout, I like to have green juice and wheatgrass, so I went to get a juice. It took over 45 minutes to get my drink! By this time, I was stressed about getting to work, dealing with more traffic, and having enough time in the day to accomplish all my tasks.
My heart rate was up, I was sweating—I just felt really bad. My bad mood carried through the day, it even caused me to have a negative meeting with a high-strung person. I felt as though I just couldn’t handle it. I wonder if the meeting would have gone better if I hadn’t been stressed all day?
Stress can have a huge effect on the body. It causes headaches, disrupts sleep, and introduces stomach problems, high blood pressure, and can even lead to a heart attack.
After my stressful day, I realized I had to make some changes. Instead of driving my car, I decided to take my electric scooter, so I could get to the synagogue, gym and to work—without traffic and parking hassles. Not only were my stress levels down, but my kids actually noticed and said I looked cool!
I made another decision that I am still experimenting with. I decided to replace my store-bought green juice, wheatgrass and light meal with the highest quality powdered version. Instead of waiting for almost an hour, I simply put the green powder in a bottle of water, shake, and drink. Although it’s not as fresh or tasty as fresh juice and a small meal, I still consumed what I would hope are comparable nutrients. Even if they aren’t comparable, at least I saved time, money, and stress. Was it worth it? For me, yes.
As the days progressed, I could feel myself relax, my heart rate steady, and my mood lifted. These are signs from G-d that I’m making the right decisions.
In life, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of our decisions. When we try to be healthy, are our sacrifices worth it? Is seeking out health more stressful than the benefits it may or may not yield? Is paying extra and traveling the globe for fresh juice worth the money and time, compared to a less expensive, high-quality powdered alternative?
These decisions differ from person to person, but it’s good to have options. Even if you choose to try something different, you don’t have to stick with it every day.
I may decide to eat high-quality meal replacements once in a while, instead of preparing a full meal to get the same nutrients and protein.
Making healthy decisions doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if there are less stressful alternatives.
Some stresses in life we can’t avoid. Sometimes, we will be stuck in traffic or be forced to deal with toxic people—but why add extra, unnecessary stress? If we can steer clear of the extra stresses, we will be healthier and happier. I have now completed a 30-day swap from fresh to powdered, from one small meal to a high-quality, plant-based meal replacement. I’ve found massive success. Believe it or not, this plan resulted in me eating slightly more calories, exercising more, and increasing my energy and strength—overall, great things!
Given these amazing results, I’m going to stick with this plan for another month and keep you posted.
It is my suggestion that people evaluate their own lives, pinpoint what causes their stress and initiate solutions in order to relieve anxiety which will lead to an overall happy and healthier life. Here’s to staying happy, healthy, and stress-free!.
Norman Balassiano’s company Angels of Debt helps people resolve massive business debt. Angels of Health will try to accomplish the same with weight loss and stress control.