You’re exhausted… wiped out… You’re absolutely not getting enough sleep at night. You’re overwhelmed and the kids aren’t making it any easier on you. Your brain is on overload. Let’s face it, you’re stressed out.
Most mornings before your feet even hit the ground you’re already thinking about packing lunches, who has their backpack? and did I throw that wet load of laundry into the dryer last night?!
Reading this will probably even cause your heart to start beating a little faster because you know it’s true.
So here’s the thing, most of us when we are stressed will most likely go for that tempting high carbohydrate & fatty comfort food. You know which ones I’m talking about… don’t make me go there. But while you might feel that you’re solving your stress and anxiety, it’s actually only a farce. That momentary feeling of relief is essentially doing more harm than good. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more than I love than to dig into a chocolate cake! But sometimes you just need to listen to what your body needs and give it some help when it comes to de-stressing!
Take two deep breaths… come on, do it… breath in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out… and read on as your stress levels are about to fall into oblivion!
Research shows that what you eat can have a direct correlation to your stress levels. These are some of the foods you’re gonna wanna go for that will help reduce some of those levels.
Pour yourself a nice glass of it and get your milk mustache on!! As it turns out it really does a body good! Milk, the moo juice… not only is a great source of protein and calcium (which for women osteoporosis can be a factor as we age) but it’s high in vitamins B2 & B12 and antioxidants, which protect your nerves. Combine all of these things and you’ve got a heart stress reliever. I’m also very aware of fat content, as a glass (250ml) of whole milk is 160 calories, so I usually will go for a glass of 1% and that’s only 100 calories. Not a bad deal.
Dark Green Vegetables
Let’s talk about the powerhouses of vegetables. The USDA recommends that we eat at least 3 cups of dark green vegetables per week… there’s a reason for this. If you wanna hit the jackpot of all jackpots when it comes to vitamins, minerals and nutrition, go for some kale, collard greens, broccoli, asparagus, & spinach! Full of Vitamin K these veggies regulate your body’s blood clotting, again protecting the bones from osteoporosis and most importantly they are key when it comes to inflammation and heart disease. They’re also known to fight anxiety, panic & depression. (stress triggers)
This is my favorite find on the list! It is true, he really is a wise Japanese Sushi Chef. Not only is it oh so yummy! (I LOVE SUSHI!) but it’ll actually relieve stress to eat it! Seaweed is full of magnesium – that has anxiety-fighting properties in it. In addition, fish like Salmon also contain Omega-3’s which are known to fight inflammation and aid in stress levels by keeping your cortisol and adrenaline levels in check. What more could you ask for?
Orange Colored Fruits
Fruits like cantaloupe, papaya & oranges are all packed with antioxidans and vitamin C power. I call these two things the “low stress power couple.” These fruits aid in reducing tension and stabilizing your blood pressure… so if you find yourself heading into a stressful situation, go for a big glass of freshly squeezed O.J.
Lastly if all else fails you can always go this sure fire route for some stress relief. YOGA! It balances the body, the mind and will keep you centered, therefore blocking out tall hat chaos and chatter that goes on around you.
Either way, be heart healthy and stress free!