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As we approach National Stress Awareness Month, it’s essential to recognise the impact stress can have on our overall wellbeing. From tight deadlines at work to personal challenges, stress can manifest in various ways, affecting both our mental and physical health. However, one powerful tool to combat stress lies right on our plates: food.

At Lakings, we believe that eating well is not only crucial for satisfying your taste buds but also for nourishing your body and mind. We understand the importance of nourishing your body and mind, especially during times of stress. That’s why we offer a wide selection of high-quality meats, poultry, and more to help you create delicious and nutritious meals.

From succulent steaks to tender chicken breasts to perfect portion of pork loin steaks, we have everything you need to support your wellbeing through wholesome eating. Our hand-picked local farmers supply ethical produce which is traceable and better for you and the planet, supporting health and wellbeing.

According to the Stress Management Society, adopting a balanced diet can significantly reduce stress levels and improve overall resilience. Here are some key principles to consider when it comes to eating for wellbeing:

Balance is Key

Aim for a balanced diet that includes a variety of food groups such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Each nutrient plays a vital role in supporting your body’s functions, including stress management.

Mindful Eating

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of mindless eating. Take the time to savour each bite, paying attention to flavours, textures, and sensations. Mindful eating can help reduce stress by promoting a sense of calm and satisfaction.

Complex Carbohydrates

Incorporate complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, oats, and sweet potatoes into your meals. These foods provide a steady release of energy and promote the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and promotes relaxation.

Protein Power

Include sources of lean protein in your diet, such as poultry, fish, tofu, beans, and lentils. Protein-rich foods contain amino acids that are essential for neurotransmitter synthesis, helping to support cognitive function and mood stability.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Don’t skimp on omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. These healthy fats have been linked to reduced inflammation and improved mood regulation.

Colorful Plate

Fill your plate with an array of colorful fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrient-dense foods help combat oxidative stress and support overall health.

Plan Ahead

Take the time to plan and prepare nutritious meals ahead of time. By having healthy options readily available, you can avoid reaching for convenient but often unhealthy snacks during times of stress. Our chef ambassador, Rosie has created a wealth of stunning recipes exclusively for you – ready to take the stress out of planning, the Lakings way.

This National Stress Awareness Month, make a commitment to prioritise your health by eating well and managing stress effectively. With the right food choices and lifestyle habits, you can build resilience, boost your mood, and thrive in the face of life’s challenges.

Let Lakings Butchers be your partner on this journey to wellness, one delicious meal at a time.

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