“I’m so stressed!” – Top 5 Stress-Relieving Food Tips

“I’m so stressed!” We hear these words so often from co-workers, friends, family, even kids and the elderly are stressed these days. Speaking from experience, during times of stress, we sometimes turn to traditional "comfort" foods such as creamy macaroni and cheese, pizza, potato chips or that tub of ice cream. Ironically, although they provide comfort and instant gratification, unfortunately, these high-fat foods are usually poor choices because they can make us feel lazy and even more stressed afterwards.

Did you know? Stressful events—and they don't even have to be big, just the daily hassles of life—cause our cortisol levels to rise.

Cortisol causes food cravings, and in women those cravings tend to be strongest for carbs, especially sweet foods, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. No wonder “Stressed” spelt backwards is “Desserts”.

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Sooo... What Can You Do? Read on!

I will tell you about a personal experience I used to test my top stress relieving foods.

Top 5 Stress-Relieving Foods Tips

1. Fruits and Vegetables

In one research study from the University of Otago, they found eating fruits and vegetables of any sort (except fruit juice and dried fruit) helped adults calm their nerves. Leafy greens (nuts and seeds) are high in magnesium, a vital nutrient when in it comes to our body’s natural stress coping mechanism. A common sign of magnesium deficiency is an inability to manage stress, and other conditions such as high blood pressure, insomnia and fatigue.