What to eat when you're stressed out

What to eat when you're stressed out

Even for people who love what they do for a living, it's a rare thing to be able to say work isn't stressful sometimes. For the most part the very word "work" is associated with the word "stress." And so how do you deal? Do you eat when you feel stressed? I do! And, in the moment, it does make me feel better. Obviously it's a fleeting relief that gives way to guilt, regret, and all those other fun feelings until it ends up being totally not worth it. But that doesn't have to be the case -- eating can actually help you deal with stress! Granted you eat the right things.

What to eat when you're stressed out

By eating healthier snacks and satisfying cravings strategically you can not only relieve stress in the moment but also help deal with it more effectively in the long-term by being in overall better health. Here are a few suggestions for healthy ways to indulge your stress-eating habit:

Want creamy and fattening? Go for avocados. Women's Health suggests fresh homemade guacamole or avocado salad dressing, but I love them just sliced with a little seasoning. Full of monounsaturated fat and potassium, avocados can do wonders for lowering blood pressure.

Too stressed out to relax and fall asleep? Warm skim milk may be the answer. The calcium in milk (go for skim or 1%) can reduce muscle spasms and relieve tension.

Craving soothing comfort foods? Try oatmeal. It may sound unappealing at first, but it's warm and tasty and can have the same serotonin-releasing effects as eating dark chocolate. Plus the fiber will help you feel fuller longer.

Stressed over a big presentation or job interview? Boost yourself with OJ. The vitamin C from the oranges has been shown to help people feel less stressed in high-pressure situations, which was further supported when their blood pressure and cortisol levels returned to normal quicker. Plus it boosts your immunity.

Facing nasty levels of chronic stress? Salmon may be your new friend. Incorporating salmon, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, into your diet 2 or 3 days a week can help. It turns out omega-3 fatty acids are the enemy of stress hormones, and they can help reduce your risk for heart disease.

Does stress leave you feeling fatigued and prone to migraines? Go green and grab the spinach. Magnesium, or a lack thereof, can contribute to more/worse migraines and fatigue. Almost 70% of adults don't get enough magnesium, so starting with some greens certainly wouldn't hurt!

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