Stress sometimes can get the best of us, which often leads us to making unhealthy eating habits. When having a bad day we find ways to justify our choice to indulge in consuming something incredibly sugary and carb friendly, such as a tub of ice cream or a slice of chocolate cake. The reality is that by making poor eating choices, we are only intensifying the stress we are currently coping with.
However, we can reduce our stress by eating the right foods. EGCR has put together a list of some food items that will not only reduce your stress, but also provide you with other health benefits:
Oatmeal and Cinnamon
Eating oatmeal provides you a healthy dosage of carbohydrates, and will keep you energized all day. The cinnamon aspect of this delicious duo, helps eases frustration, speeds up your metabolism, and decreases stress levels.
If you are someone who naturally has a sweet tooth, chances are your cravings for sweets increases during those intense days. This is where watermelon comes in to save you from yourself and helps you productively cope with stress. Watermelon is a better choice to satisfy your sweet tooth because 92% of it is water. Additionally, watermelon lowers your levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Eating almonds as a snack is a better alternative than the random candy you may have hidden in your desk. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which if consumed on a regular basis, decreases your chances of depression and helps deal with stress in a positive manner.
Blueberries and Blackberries
By eating blackberries and/or blueberries throughout the day, these berries decrease stress factors through the antioxidants they have to offer. Both also have a high source of protein, fiber, and vitamin-c, which will help you prevent from getting sick if your day is at its worse.
If you add avocados to various meals throughout the week, not only will it regulate your blood sugar, but it will manage your hormones causing your stress levels to decrease.
What makes asparagus a special friend, is that it contains nutritious amounts of folic acid. This nutrient is a benefit for hormones and reduces stress.
If you are seeking to find methods to constructively address your stress issues, add these delicious items to your meals and snacks!