Are Emotional Swings Tearing Your World Apart?
“Some days, I feel a thousand different emotions all at once,” declared a client of mine suffering from emotional swings.
She was a beautiful woman with a kind heart. Yet, beneath her façade of happiness, she was seething with anger. Much to her dismay, her close friends and family tiptoed around fearing her eruptions and tantrums. They were miserable. She was wretched. Something had to be done.
Are you or do you know of someone who’s suffering from emotional swings or emotional patterns?
Then you know how difficult it is.
Women who have emotional swings make poor decisions, find themselves in the craziest relationships, and have the most unbelievable things happen to them. Show me a woman who suffers from emotional swings, and I’ll show you a woman who’s in pain.
If you’re a busy professional woman with unregulated emotions or if it seems like the world continuously pisses you off, then it’s time to seek balance.
What’s the Big Deal About Having Emotional Swings?
An emotional swing is an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of emotion.
It’s normal to have days where you feel sad or days when you’re overjoyed.
However, when your emotions shift abruptly or vacillate between extremes — feeling on top of the world one minute, then despondent and beaten down another — that’s a problem.
Emotional swings are a big deal, not only because of how they interfere with how you function in your daily life but also because of how they affect your body.
- Anger weakens the liver.
- Grief weakens the lungs.
- Worry weakens the stomach.
- Stress weakens the heart and brain.
- Fear weakens the kidneys.
Being able to manage your emotions does more than just make life more peaceful and enjoyable, it balances your body.
What’s Causing Your Crazy Emotional Swings?
It is commonly accepted that thoughts generate emotions.
But, what generates thoughts?
And two primary things affect your brain: sleep and food.
I talked about how sleep affects your brain in a previous blog post, “Ease Depression with This Natural Healing and Healing Alternative.”
Today, I’m focusing on how food affects your brain.
Glucose is the principal source of fuel for your brain. Therefore, what you eat and drink throughout the day affects your brain.
So, does that mean that sugar is what you need to regulate your brain’s thinking abilities?
Sugar is what creates those crazy emotional swings you’ve been having.
Protein, on the other hand, evens out the swings and balances your moods.
Because protein is slow to metabolize, thereby calming the emotional swings and emotional patterns.
Protein, the Wonder Food for Your Brain
Good news! You can stop emotional swings by eating protein.
To stabilize your emotional swings and keep emotionally balanced, you’ll need to eat protein every 2 to 4 hour. (Sometimes, eating protein every 1 to 3 hours works better for others). Check out these 12 fabulous protein sources:
- Some vegetables like spinach and broccoli
- Soy (tofu)
- Brown rice
- Protein shakes made with pea, whey or hemp protein
Be advised that eating protein at regular intervals is not the whole answer to balanced nutrition. There are many other factors to consider including how certain foods affect health conditions. Please consult with a health consultant, registered dietitian or doctor when designing a nutrition plan to meet your specific physical and emotional needs.
Remember that client I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post suffering from emotional swings and emotional patterns?
Well, I have good news!
After coming to me for a nutritional plan to balance her blood sugar and help her feel herself again, she significantly reduced her sugar intake and no longer suffers from “a thousand different emotions.” Her anger is gone. Best yet, her friends and family are relaxed and feel comfortable being around her. You see, once she changed her eating plan, the world changed with her.