Healthy Comfort Foods To Relieve Stress and Anxiety
We all head to the fridge looking for "comfort foods" during our very hectic days at work or at home with the kids. Experiencing too much stress in our lives depletes our bodies of the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy. Instead of grabbing for a candy bar or dishing out a big bowl of ice cream to make yourself "feel" better, try some of these foods we've mentioned below. We've listed these particular comfort foods because they replace the vitamins and minerals our bodies are robbed during episodes of stress and anxiety.
Berries...Any Kind!: If you are feeling pressured, try eating berries one by one instead of that bag of M&M's! And when the pressure's REALLY on and the tension is tightening your jaw, try placing a frozen berry in your mouth and roll it around in your mouth; do this one after another. The carbs in the little jewels turn to sugar at a snail's pace so don't worry about having a crash in your blood sugar levels. Plus, there's even a bonus! Berries are a good source of vitamin C, which helps fight against a jump in cortisol, the stress hormone.
Guacamole: No need to look any further if you have a craving for something creamy! Avocados just happen to be loaded with B vitamins, which your body needs to maintain healthy brain cells and nerves. Stress depletes your body of these vitamins quickly. Use whole-grain "baked" chips to scoop it up. Additionally, the crunching will keep you from gritting your teeth!
Mixed Nuts: Just an ounce of walnuts will help replace those stress-depleted B vitamins; Brazil nuts provide a whopping amount of zinc, which gets drained by high levels of anxiety; boost your levels of vitamin E, which fights against damage to cells caused by chronic stress, by eating the almonds. Do yourself a favor by buying nuts in their shells, as squeezing that nutcracker will release a some of that built-up tension.
Oranges: By taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day, you'll lower your blood pressure as well as cortisol levels. The next time you need to ease your mind, sit down and relax while peeling a large orange. This few minutes of mindfulness will take your mind off your troubles for a moment while providing your body with a boost of Vitamin C as well.
Asparagus: Stalks of asparagus are tender and are a good source of the natural mood-lightener, folic acid. A fat-free yogurt or sour cream makes a good dip for these spears and will also add a hint of calcium in each delicious bite.
Chai Tea: At the end of a hard day, sit down and have a nice, warm, cup of decaffeinated Chai tea. It's aroma and great taste will soothe you and help you relax. Tazo makes ready-to-brew bags.
Dark Chocolate: Alright...so they say there's nothing in chocolate proven to relieve stress..BUT...when nothing else will do, choose the dark chocolates, which are sultry and contain at least 70% cocoa. We figure that since the antioxidant flavonoids in it are said to be potent enough to fight cancer and heart disease, then they ought to serve the purpose of tempering tension's ill effects as well.
Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions for comfort foods that we can add to help or readers. Thanks!
contact us if you have any suggestions for comfort foods that we can add to help our readers. Thanks!
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