Part 1- This Is How You Create A Stress Busting Diet (Eat Your Way To Calm)

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When stress comes along into your life, you are more likely to opt-in for those traditional ‘comfort’ foods such as fast food and possibly alcohol(aka wine/beer). Let’s face it…we’ve all found some comfort in a tasty, greasy hamburger with french fries on the side, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine when we’ve been stressed out or upset about something. However, this isn’t a good permanent solution.

When you’re turning to unhealthy foods each time you are down in the dumps, you can feel better temporarily. In the long run, you will feel worse. When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, and in some cases less able to concentrate. All of this can lead to even more stress and then the cycle continues.

Foods That Fight Stress

If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods can help to alleviate stress and which ones to avoid to help you to combat stress and anxiety. The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy, balanced diet which includes a moderate amount of each of the different food groups.

Filling up on foods such as whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of your diet, is the best way to ensure that your body is getting the optimum amount of nutrients. This will aid in fighting both physical and mental health problems.

There are many foods out there that have a range of great properties to combat stress. Choosing stress-busting foods will aid the body in healing and calming your mind, rather than providing a temporary fix. Take a look at my ‘Top 5 Foods That Combat Stress’. Add the foods from that list to this new one and you have your stress fight diet! Let’s take a look at some other foods and drinks you can add to your list…

Chamomile Tea

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It’s not all about what you’re eating when it comes to managing stress. What you’re drinking can also alleviate or worsen stress too. Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly. Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother and it has also been used in clinical trials. Those trials determined that this tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Beef

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Grass-fed beef is also good for you as it has a huge range of antioxidants. These antioxidants include beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. These vitamins can help your body to fight stress and anxiety. If you’re looking for more reasons to spend a little more money on organic, grass-fed beef, it’s also lower in fat than grain-fed beef while being higher in omega-3.

Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is great in that it can be a filling comfort food. It also has a large number of healthy property to actually make you feel better from the inside out. A complex carbohydrate, eating oatmeal causes your brain to produce higher levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin. Serotonin helps you feel calmer and less stressed. Studies have shown that kids who choose oatmeal for breakfast tend to be much sharper throughout the morning. This is compared to kids who had an alternative breakfast.

Walnuts

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If you’re looking for a healthy snack option that will help you manage your stress levels better, walnuts are a great choice. There is no denying the sweet, pleasant flavor of walnuts. They can be a tasty snack for in-between meals or as part of a desert. A versatile nut, walnuts are great for salads or add them to a sweet treat such as coffee and walnut cake.

Pistachios

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Another food that is great for snacking on and can also help to combat stress and anxiety in the long term is pistachios. Studies have found that simply eating 2 small, snack-size portions of pistachios per day lowers vascular constriction when you are stressed out. By doing this, it puts less pressure on your heart by further dilating your arteries. Along with this, the rhythmic, repetitive act of shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!

Green Leafy Vegetables

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Leafy, green vegetables should be a pivotal part of anyone’s diet. Along with helping to combat stress, leafy greens are full of nutrients and antioxidants which help to fight off disease. Dark leafy greens, for example, spinach, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate. Folate helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. Making leafy greens a part of your diet will help you to feel happier and less stressed out overall.

Fermented Foods

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Last but not least, eating fermented foods such as yogurt can help to keep your gut healthy.  This, in turn, will help to improve your mental health and reduce stress levels too. The beneficial bacteria which are found in fermented foods actually have a direct effect on your brain’s chemistry.  They transmit positive mood and behavior-regulating signals to your brain via the vagus nerve.

These are just some of the many different foods that help to reduce your stress levels. Try to incorporate these different food items into your diet and begin to enjoy a calmer you!

Stay on the lookout for another installment of Eating Your Way To Calm.

To your health,

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Morgan Green

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