Calm Down with These Stress-Fighting Foods

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Work. Work. Work. Work. Work.

Rihanna makes work sound like good time. Don’t get me wrong. It can be fun and fulfilling when you succeed. But it can get stressful, especially when you have two jobs and still try to fit in a personal life.

When things get stressful, I know it can be so easy to reach for your favorite junk food or any processed, packaged food for that matter. We’ve all heard it. It’s call emotional eating. Unfortunately, the most common foods we reach for, like potato chips and ice cream, are high in fat and carbs.  Yea, these foods might make you feel good, but it’s only temporary! Once the sugar sets in, you could actually start to feel worse, making it more difficult to cope.

Luckily, I have a list of foods that you can eat when you feel stressed that are a lot more effective! Turn your emotional eating into mindful eating. The following foods will boost the “feel good” chemicals in your brain and lower your stress hormones.

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  1. Oranges – Actually any citrus fruit will do! They’re a great source of Vitamin C, which studies have shown to reduce stress levels. It also helps lower your blood pressure and cortisol after a stressful situation. avocado-1461159087pa9
  2. Avocado – This superfood (and super delicious) is one of the best foods for relieving stress and anxiety. They’re anti-inflammatory and reduce blood sugar spikes that lead to anxiety. Avocados are also high in potassium, which prevents hypertension. Pass the guac!Cashews Dried Fruits Appetizer Salted Almonds
  3. Nuts – Grab a handful of almonds, pistachios and cashews (my favorite)! These nuts are high in the antioxidant Vitamin E and zinc, which are both good for boosting your immune system. With high levels of Vitamin B, you’ll be managing stress like it’s nothing. compound_chocolate
  4. Dark Chocolate – Chocolate might seem like one of those unhealthy junk foods I mentioned earlier, but dark chocolate actually lowers levels of stress hormones. Just keep the portions in check and your heart and mind will thank you! 1234763004_90b37a1d29_b
  5. Blueberries – These little guys are mighty stree fighters! Blueberries are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C to help repair and protect cells. blueberries-531209_960_720
  6. Oatmeal -This is the best breakfast to have if you wake up stressed (maybe even throw in some blueberries!). Oatmeal kicks in your calm-inducing hormone serotonin. Use old fashioned oats because they’re higher in fiber, making it last longer to digest.

These are my favorite stress-fighting foods because they’re easy to grab and go, and of course they’re delicious! However, you don’t always have to turn to food when your feeling stressed or anxious. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising daily, and slow down and take a deep breath every once in a while.

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