There are many aspects of mental health that are impossible to control. Family history is a big one. Body chemistry plays a part as well. However, there are certain factors you can control. What you put inside your body and how you treat your body are two ways you can gain control over anxiety and other mental issues.
I’m also getting to the age where…and this is hard to admit….I need to start watching my cholesterol level. Which sucks because I’m used to eating pretty much whatever and not having to worry about it. Welcome to your 30’s. The age when you can no longer eat chocolate covered potato chips for breakfast. Well, you can, but you may be rewarded later with a stomach ache….and in my case, acid reflux.
So what do you do on days where you wake up with anxiety and just want something comforting and sweet, without adding unnecessary crap to your diet? Our house just discovered the solution, and you’re gonna love it.
In an effort to start eating healthier and lower our cholesterol, my husband and I have started eating a different breakfast. Start out with vanilla yogurt, any brand. Put this in a bowl-how ever much you want. Then, top this with dry oatmeal. I’d say a good handful is plenty. It’s just sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, and is filling enough that you don’t have to reach for that cookie an hour later. Or if you do, you don’t have to feel guilty about it. 😉
This week I took this recipe up a notch and added a (generous) sprinkle of Ovaltine powder in chocolate malt. Ok it was less of a sprinkle and more like a dump :-P. Not only did that make it a bit sweeter, but added a girls’ best friend…..chocolate. I suppose to really boost the protein power, you could add protein powder. I may try it with bananas one of these days.
So, to remind you of the list of ingredients, I am including a picture below. And yes, I realize yogurt is nowhere to be seen, but it’s become a bit of a hot item in our house. A kind of “first come, first served” thing. And my husband gets up way before I do so, he came, he saw, he conquered. Honey, if you see this on your way home from work, add yogurt to the list of things we need from the store. We are also out of milk. ♥
I hope this helps you if you are struggling to eat healthy. Please note that this is not a cure-all for anxiety and other mental health issues. Talk to your doctor about starting any new diet and if prescribed medication, keep taking it as directed.
Remember you are not alone.
PS: I’d love to hear suggestions of what you’d put in this new breakfast staple. Comment below with your suggestions. Let’s help one another maintain healthy bodies.