Professor Pete Alexander

Stress Relief Tool – Proper Nutrition

A simple metaphor can help you reframe what you are putting in your body on a daily basis, reducing your stress in the process.

I’m not a health nut. I do enjoy occasional candy, ice cream, cake, and other pleasures. But a simple metaphor helped me reframe what I was putting in my body on a daily basis.

That metaphor is fuel. If you bought a new car, you wouldn’t fill the gas tank with a sugary soft drink, would you? No, because you know that would damage your fuel system and lead to costly repairs. The same holds true for your body. If you fill your tank (stomach) regularly with sugary foods and drinks, your body will eventually break down and you will have costly repairs (in the form of medical bills).

Even if you are in great shape, it’s a good idea to minimize or eliminate refined sugars, wheat products, and refined carbs. Those items can wreak havoc with your body by causing your blood sugar level to spike and crash—a one-two punch that can trigger a dramatic and sudden loss of energy and feelings of lethargy and exhaustion even with the best of us.1

Salt can be addictive, but research has shown that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body’s natural responses to anxiety by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in challenging situations.2 However, be mindful and check with your doctor first before using excessive salt to reduce your stress.

The best rule of thumb is moderation. Your body will thank you and you will have one less thing (your health) to worry about.


  1. Ervolino, B. – Everybody is Exhausted: Stress and Social Media are Taking Their Toll
  2. Krause, E. et al – Hydration State Controls Stress Responsiveness and Social Behavior

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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