Imagine having to skip the gym or complex relaxation techniques and being told that you relieve stress by eating alone.
Trust me I will be in the front role when these are being served!
These have lots of antioxidants, which help protect your cells from stress and may help ease feelings of depression. You can get them from nuts, beans, walnuts, or green vegetables, too.
This is a complex carb. it gets into your system slowly and gives you a steady flow of energy that can help keep you fit. It also can give you a boost of a brain chemical called serotonin that can lift your mood.
Zinc is a mineral that helps our bodies deal with stress. Some diets may not include enough of this mineral. Zinc can be found in oysters, a saltwater mollusk. If oysters aren’t your thing, you can get them from cashews, liver, beef, poultry, or eggs, too.
You may think of vitamin C when you think of these citrus fruits, and that’s a big reason it might help your anxiety. Some studies have shown that a diet rich in it may help calm you and put you in a better frame of mind.
These little fish aren’t for everyone, but they have lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help with depression and anxiety. The reason for that may be related to the way they can ease inflammation. If sardines are too fishy for you, try salmon or albacore tuna, which are lighter but also have plenty of omega-3s.
Cabbage has folic acid, vitamin C, and some B vitamins that may help ease anxiety. If it’s left to ferment, and stew in its own juices bacteria break down sugar and other things and make it taste sour. These “good” bacteria help keep your gut healthy. They also play a part in making serotonin, a calming brain chemical.
Don’t worry, you can eat chocolate day and night! Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which relaxes your body and mind. Not to mention the other health benefits dark chocolate has too.
The magnesium and potassium in bananas serve as muscle and nerve relaxants, increasing relaxation even more.
Sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, magnesium, and calcium to help you relax. Top with a drizzle of honey and a pinch of sea salt or a tablespoon of nut butter for a post-dinner treat.
Dear EM readers, It seems I will be skipping my yoga session and eating all through the day.