When stress comes along, you are more likely to eat anything that will make you feel better.
This includes those traditional ‘comfort foods’ such as baked mac and cheese, fried chicken,🍗 pasta,🍝 pizza🍕, some form of fast food, and possibly alcohol (aka wine🍷 or beer🍺).
Let’s face it…
We’ve all found some comfort in a tasty, greasy hamburger🍔 with french fries🍟 on the side with a nice milkshake🥤 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 may actually feel worse.
Your body wouldn’t be getting the proper amount of nutrients it needs to do what I call ‘body maintenance’.
This maintenance includes healing any injuries or damage within the body, grow parts of the body that needs to grow or detox and clean out junk that doesn’t need to be there.
When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, less able to concentrate and in some cases just down in the dumps all the time.
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.
The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy diet full of whole foods and nothing processed, filled with chemicals or food additives.
This also includes eating in moderation and trying not to go overboard with the amount of food you do eat.
Filling up on foods such as whole grains, some fruit (not too much because it could spike your insulin), 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.
Yes…food helps to keep your mental🧠 health in tip-top shape!
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.
All that will do is lead to a crash in the end.
Take a look at my ‘Top 5 Foods That Combat Stress’ to know the top 5 foods you should try to incorporate into your diet to help you relieve stress fast!
Add the foods from that list to this new one I am about to share with you and you have yourself a killer stress-fighting diet that kicks butt!
Let’s take a look at some other foods and drinks you can add to your list!
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.
Remember, sugar spikes your insulin and caffeine can get your heart racing❤️ faster than a speed train.🚄
Okay… maybe not that fast but it gets pumping!
Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother and it has also been used in clinical trials.
After different studies, holistic nutritionists alongside other nutritionists have determined that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
There are a ton of other benefits that chamomile tea has so definitely see what else it has to offer!
Tea, in general, is a great way to not only lower your stress levels, but it can also help to balance out hormones, get rid of stomach pain and so much more.
Check out my blog post on ‘Why You Need To Drink More Tea’ to see the many different benefits of tea.
Did you know that beef is one of the best stress fighting food you could have?
DEFINITELY add this item to your killer stress-busting diet!
Beef has a huge range of antioxidants.
These antioxidants include beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.
These vitamins can help your body fight stress and anxiety.
As a side note, if you are looking for another reason to spend a little bit of extra money💵 on buying organic, grass-fed beef then it is also lower in fat than grain-fed beef while being higher in omega-3.
Oatmeal is great in that it can be a filling comfort food.
It also has a large number of healthy properties 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.
The more serotonin your body creates the more relaxed you will be.
Be careful not to eat too much oatmeal though.
Since it is a carb, it can stick to places in your body you may not want it to stick aka your butt or your belly.
Studies have shown that kids who choose oatmeal for breakfast tend to be much sharper and have more energy⚡️ throughout the morning.☀️
This is compared to kids who had an alternative breakfast like cereal or no breakfast at all.
It is full of protein, fiber, and some healthy fats.
They can be a great snack for in-between meals or as part of a desert.
A versatile nut, walnuts are also amazing salad toppers🥗 or a sweet treat with a small cup of black coffee☕️ that doesn’t have a ton of sugar or cream in it or with a small slice of walnut cake.
Remember, eating in moderation is good so your blood sugar does not jump up.
Here are some other benefits of eating walnuts!
Another food that is great for snacking on and can also help to combat stress and anxiety in the long term is pistachios.
These are one of my FAVORITE snacks to munch on with my lunch!🍱
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 de-shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!
I just love me some pistachios!❤️
They are high in protein, fiber and fat too so be careful not to eat too many of them in one sitting.
They can be pretty addicting. 😋
Green Leafy Vegetables🥬
Leafy, green vegetables🥬 should be a pivotal part of anyone’s diet.
Along with helping to combat stress, leafy greens are full of fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants which help to fight off disease and illness.
They also help to heal the body and detoxify it as well.
Dark leafy greens,🥬such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, and collard greens, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate.
Folate helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ chemical.
Making leafy greens🥬 a stable in your diet will help you to feel happier and less stressed out overall.
It can also help you to lose weight if that is one of your goals too!
The best way to sneak dark leafy greens into your day is through a salad🥗 or through a delicious green smoothie!
The Green Smoothie Happiness is a great program to help you get started at incorporating more greens into your diet.
So definitely check it out!
Last but not least, eating fermented foods such as yogurt and kombucha (a fermented drink…it tastes like a carbonated beverage to me) can help to keep your gut healthy.
This, in turn, will help to improve your mental health and reduce your 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 signals to your brain via the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract.
It is also the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in your body.
To Wrap Things Up…
Once again, as you can see, food plays a huge role in the way your brain communicates with your body along with how food keeps your brain healthy.
Food isn’t just for your body.
It is for your mind🧠 as well!
These are just some of the many different foods that help you to reduce your stress levels too.
If you can, try to combine some if not all of the different food items from this list to the one that I shared with you on my other post called ‘Top 5 Foods That Combat Stress’ and incorporate them into your diet.
Here is a great cookbook that helps to integrate many of the food items discussed in this post.
To creating a stress-busting diet,
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