There is no way around it, our lives can be surrounded by stress and this stress can really get us down in a lot of different ways. I sure know that when I find myself really stressed out I always feel extremely tired and feel like I don’t have any energy to do anything. Makes me pretty crabby and not too fun to be around either. But there are a lot of things one can do to help relieve that stress and one of the ways I’ve found is eating certain foods really do help to alleviate the stress.
Often times when we feel stressed out the first thing we think of doing is reaching for that junk food. I admit, I’m guilty of this myself. But even though we might think this is helping us, this junk food seems to only be tricking us into thinking we’re feeling better. That’s why it’s important to try and focus on eating healthy foods and yes that can be a conscious choice we need to make, but it’s one we do need to try to make in order to really get some true stress relief.
Here are a few foods that are guaranteed to help relieve stress:
Spinach salad with some endive and whatever else you love on your salad like mushrooms, tomatoes, nuts, and so on. Spinach a lone is an ideal stress reliever and includes plenty of iron to give you energy. No wonder Popeye liked it.
If you are looking for a good snack to eat and one that will help with your stress levels then consider snacking on nuts. It’s a proven fact that stress can deplete our stores of vitamin B and by eating nuts we will help replenish this loss. The B vitamins are what keep our neurotransmitters stay in a “happy place” and helps us to better handle how we respond to stress. If you like pistachios, they are very high in B vitamins.
Everyone loves oranges for a lot of reasons, especially because of their vitamin C content, however, I bet that you didn’t know that red peppers have twice as much vitamin C than oranges do in one half cup. Vitamin C helps people to recover faster from stress inducing activities so it’s important we have plenty of it. So why not add some red peppers to a salad or just cut it in strips and eat it as a quick snack?
Another great food that fights against stress and also tastes pretty darn good is salmon. Consider adding some form of salmon to your diet a couple of times a week and you’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel after a few weeks of having this included in your diet.
Oatmeal is another food that is great for combating stress and helping those neurotransmitters to calm down. This is because oatmeal is a complex carbs food and is digested much slower which in turn will not cause your blood sugar levels to spike which in turn can actually mess around with your moods and increase your stress levels. It’s especially good to have on a chilly morning spiced up with some nuts and raisins to kick start your day.
Finally, feel free to indulge yourself in some chocolate from time to time. Even though dark chocolate is one that is the healthiest one to choose, even if you eat milk chocolate in some form it has been shown to lower those “fight or flight” hormone levels that stress tends to over stimulate. That’s right chocolate, my favorite comfort food fights off those nasty effects of stress. Got to love it!