Truth is, I probably should have read it. I have always been a total type-A. Well, now I’m more of a B minus. Sort of. Trying to be anyway.
When I stress, I eat. Thankfully, I’ve been able to make that work for me by eating unprocessed, fresh foods as often as possible. Food makes me happy and if you’re eating the right stuff, there’s a chance that it can make you happy too.
If you’re an emotional eater, ditch the chips and processed junk food and grab one of the following 7 Foods to Beat Stress:
1. Almonds: I eat almonds like it’s my job (mainly because recipe testing is my job). Almonds are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that boosts your immune system. If you don’t like almonds, you can give pistachios or walnuts a try. Studies have found that they can help lower blood pressure. If you’re a fan of almond butter, this almond butter beats all others (in my opinion).
2. Fatty Fish: Eating salmon, mackerel, or tuna (my favorite brand) twice a week can keep stress at bay (notice the pun here? Just making sure.). Fish full of Omega 3 fatty acids can help boost serotonin production, nourish the brain, and reduce inflammation. Make these easy tuna croquettes using canned wild tuna.
3. Citrus Fruit: Everyone knows Vitamin C for its immune fighting power. Well, it has also been proven to reduce stress by regulating cortisol, a stress hormone. When I’m feeling frazzled, I eat an orange, kiwi or grapefruit to bring me back to my zen place.
4. Sweet Potatoes: This vegetable can satisfy your sweet-tooth and craving for carbs. Sweet Potatoes are full of beta-carotene, vitamins and fiber which will allow your body to process the carbohydrates slowly. I cook several sweet potatoes a week and keep them in my fridge. If I feel a carb attack approaching, I just grab a sweet potato. Try this recipe for Thai baked sweet potatoes.
5. Turkey: Get sleepy after eating turkey? That’s because turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan which triggers the release of a feel-good brain chemical and has a calming effect. Eat all the turkey.
6. Spinach: Adding just one cup of spinach to a meal can boost your energy levels. These leafy greens are rich in folic acid and have been shown to beat stress and anxiety. Spinach is also a good source of magnesium, a mineral that can improve your mood. This dish is my all-time favorite way to eat spinach.
7. Avocados: According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, getting enough potassium is a good way to reduce high blood pressure. Avocados are a great source of potassium. Half an Avocado > Medium Banana. Make this delicious avocado smoothie for a creamy, filling treat.
Disclaimer: I’m not a scientist or a doctor, so I can’t give you any expert health or medical advice. I’m just a paleo food blogger who likes to eat. The information on my blog should not be construed as professional medical advice. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. If you have any health concerns, contact your physician or another health care professional.