From time to time, stress seems to sneak up out of nowhere and hits you like a ton of bricks – whether it be that approaching deadline at work, cramming for the exam that you procrastinated studying for, or catering to the countless needs of your family – there is an endless list of difficulties that bring stress to our daily lives.
While it may seem like the only way to reprieve from the stress is to drown your anxiety in a bowl of ice cream or calm your nerves with a bag of chips… eating junk foods while stressed may be particularly dangerous to your health. Plus, junk foods will only relieve your stress momentarily, as the initial pleasure will wear off soon after and you will find yourself battling mood swings, irritability, and other unpleasant emotions, on top of the already overwhelming feeling of stress. You can thank the sugar, trans fats, the food favorite – monosodium glutamate (MSG), or whatever other synthetic ingredients you may have consumed for the addition burden.
However, despite how easy it may be to run down to Family Mart to load up on junk food, next time you are feeling overwhelmed try eating these three foods instead. Trust me, you will feel better longer and your waistline will thank you!
Yep, you can enjoy the oh-so-satisfying feeling of sinking your teeth into a bar of chocolate without feeling guilty. Although, we recommend avoiding the King Sized Hershey Bar, you can still find bliss in bar of pure unadulterated dark chocolate. A portion of dark chocolate can be just as satisfying as the sugary counterpart, since it contains a chemical called anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter that buffers the effects of stress and depression. Also, eating a small portion daily can lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines with time. So, next time feel a little overwhelmed, break off a few squares and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.
Mixed nuts & seeds
A combo of pistachios, cashews, almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds for a powerhouse package of fiber, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids, all of which lower blood pressure. Pistachios have been found to lower anxiety by lowering vascular constriction during stress, walnuts are loaded with Omega-3 essential fatty acids that have been linked to reduced rates of depression, and almonds are rich in energy-boosting protein and good-for-you monounsaturated fat. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, which acts as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin, is well known for its role in helping to regulate your emotions and enhance well being. For a perfect sweet and savory reprieve, grab a handful of Blue Sky Kitchen’s Rosemary Maple-Glazed Nuts.
For many, the full feeling you get from a big plate of carbohydrates works wonders for relieving stress, since carb loaded foods bump up your feel-good hormone serotonin. Unfortunately, a big bowl of rice or pasta will cause an inconsistent spike in blood sugar levels and leave you back at square one – hungry, stressed and now bloated – a couple hours later. Instead, a hearty bowl of outs can deliver that same satisfying carb loading experience without the pitfalls, as it is also packed with slow digesting fiber. If you prefer your oatmeal hot in the morning, you can simply add a little cinnamon and honey, but if you want a real carb-y, sweet tooth defying treat, look no further than a jar of Overnight Oats and Chia from BSK. How could flavors like Apple Pie, Oatmeal Cookie and Orange Vanilla Coconut not destroy stress?!
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, so it will lower your blood pressure and take the edge off your tension. A glass of vino will also provide you with some healthy antioxidants. So, after you put the kids to bed, feel free to uncork your favorite bottle and enjoy a glass with your favorite book or conversation with your significant other. Just sip slowly, stick to one glass, and enjoy the conversation.
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