By Dee Dee Mahmood June 21, 2018
Updated March 24, 2020


StReSSed to DeSTrESs ( Nutrition)

While many has been complaining how restrictive it is that we can’t go travelling, how inconvenient it is to don the mask, how jail-like it feels to stay home for the SHN (Stay Home Notice), stress is overtaking our lives.

Let us look at how nutrition can help The Stressed..

Do you fall sick? Is your overall health compromised  or do you have high blood pressure? Diabetes? High cholesterol? Arthritis? Weight problems?

Those are signs that stress has overtaken you.

Your overall energy is not in balance.


To keep your overall energy balanced, you must learn to merge both the mind and the heart. The heart and the mind both need to work in tandem and not against one another.

You develop anxiety if you live too much in your mind, as you try to control and dominate your life.

You develop depression and lethargy while living too much in your heart, as you try to cope the rigours of emotions.

Important point to ponder:

Many missed this one important point –

         “Only YOU can stress yourself.”

Thinking “i am stressed!” makes you stressed!

And remember, most of the times, if not

         ” We GIVE others permission to stress us out.”


Be in control NOW.



1. Room temperature water rids body toxins well. If you are dehydrated, your body temperature will increase, and this is easy target for infections etc.

2. Ice-cubed cold water increases your caloric burning capacity by about 10 calories as it churns it to body temperature. Good for those who are looking for that extra push for weight management.

3. High water content fruits and vegetables eg watermelon and cucumber refreshes your body.

4. Keep your body Ph Balance stable by limiting your intake of spicy, oily and high saturated fat food.

5. Dont eat leftovers food

6. Dont eat food fried with used/re-used oil.

7. Dont eat vegetables that had been cooked but laid out for a long time in the open air. Most of the vitamins are gone.

8. Processed food with its added excess sugar, salt and fats will throw your digestive system out of whack. Avoid them.

9. Different preparations for same foods on different days

Protein such as white meat including poultry and especially fish, gives you good energy. Cooking in gravy, lightly sauteing, grilled, smoked, roast your Norwegian salmon (my favourite!).

Especially during this fasting period of Ramadhan, recommended to be eaten during Sahor because of its satiety plus point as well as at Iftar because of its gentle texture, gentle on a fasting stomach.

10. I recommended brown rice and wholemeal breads. It is not refined but contains the nutritious goodness of fibre and vitamins. And they are unprocessed as compared to white rice or white bread. Good for bowel movement, and you de-stress your stomach from digesting refined sugars. 

Read about wholemeal and wholegrains:

And here are Physical ways to destress:

And if you can’t sleep:

Yours always in good health,
Dee Dee

Dr Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Regional Head (Raan Ecu) and  Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President’s Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok, Norwegian Seafood Council and Celebrity Beaute, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally. Dee Dee has just been appointed the International Scientific Committee and International Ambassador for the World Conference on Exercise Medicine, supported by World Health Organisation (WHO).