All seven billion people in this planet have one way or another, experienced stress. A baby crying because he wants milk, a toddler acting up because her toy was not bought, a small child pouting because mom wants him to eat vegetables, a tween who was hurt by her first crush, a teenager experiencing teenage angst, a young adult fighting to graduate from college, an adult person living his daily life and a mature individual who fears for his kids – these are all brought about by stress. And it is normal.
When you are stressed, what do you do to relieve yourself from it? You eat a whole box of pizza or some fatty ice cream. And it makes you feel good. True – it will comfort you for the next few minutes but in the long run, those fatty foods will not do you any good. Instead, it will make you stressed out even more and this stress may affect your mood. It may even transition into depression.
Hey, back away from the sweets. If you are stressed out, go and have a meal! You deserve it! But it must be a healthy meal. It must be a type of food that makes your body function even better and these foods are nature’s stress busters.
You have to eat fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
It may be a “fatty” fish but it is the good kind of fat, a type of fat that helps with heart health. What kinds of fish must you eat that is rich in all that? The top three fishes that nutritionists will suggest to you that contain sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids and are so good for the body are SALMON, TUNA and SARDINES.
(Read this article about the fishes that you should be eating which are super healthy.)
When you are stressed out, something in your body is not functioning right. In there, a part of the brain or anywhere in your system is having a “nervous wreck” and it becomes inflamed. By eating salmon, tuna or sardines, this inflamed body part will de-stress and relax itself. This is a proven fact. So load up on your Baked Salmon, Tuna Sandwich or Sardines and Pasta meals. It will make you feel better all over.
You may not like it but grab a super green and leafy veggie salad which contains kale or Swiss chard.
Kids may not like kale but if you are reading this article, chances are that you are not a small child. You may be a young adult or a full blown mature person who eats veggies. So, instead of grabbing the pre-made supermarket salad with tons of ranch dressing, why not buy organic veggies like kale and Swiss chard and make it into a salad without the excess sugar and fat?
You can always make a Mediterranean Kale Salad. Or if you don’t want to eat it raw, you can cook your veggies just enough for it to be still crunchy and nutritious. Sauté the Swiss chard and add parmesan cheese. Oh so yum. Veggie soup is possible, as well. Really, sky is the limit. It also contains Vitamin A, K and Potassium which aids in relieving tension and promotes relaxation.
Now, if you don’t want kale or Swiss chard, read this article for other super foods as alternative.
Eggs are always the happy food.
When you want to slim down, eat eggs. If you want to bulk up, eat eggs. When you are feeling down, eat eggs! Eggs are versatile and you can make any food taste good with it as an ingredient. It has protein and B-vitamins – everything a stressed out person needs in order to “heal”.
Have you tried avocado and egg salad? Oh, you’re so in for a treat. How about baked eggs or zucchini and egg omelet? Anyway you cook the egg, have it boiled or with oil – it will take the stress away from your system in a healthy manner.
Read here why egg yolks are good for you.
Dark chocolate must be eaten daily to avoid stress.
Aha! You now have a reason to eat chocolate every day since it can relieve you of stress. Actually, studies show that eating chocolate daily will pump up your serotonin levels because of a component in dark chocolate called tryptophan. And if your serotonin is in tip top shape, then, you are in great mental health as well.
Eat half a serving of this chocolate daily – pick the 70 to 90% kind. Read more about dark chocolate in this article.
Pop those pumpkin seeds.
Once you pop, you can’t stop! As they say, and this is so true when it comes to pumpkin seeds. Eating these seeds can be very addicting, you are warned. But it is so good. Popping the seeds will literally make your stress go away. It is fun to do and the seeds are nutty to the taste. It is good to eat because of its Magnesium content. Magnesium is responsible for warding off anxious feelings. It also contains Zinc and it can make the immune system resistant to illnesses.
Try to toast the pumpkin seeds or add it in your homemade granola bar. You can also sprinkle it on your salad. It is a super seed, after all.
Flaxseed or flaxseed meal will put a smile on your stressed face.
Fish are not the only food with a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also turn to super seeds called flaxseeds. These seeds can also be made in a meal which means you can have it ground into fine powder and add it on your bread.
Aside from flaxseed meal bread, you can also eat the seeds with your granola mix added on yogurt, whole grain pancakes and flaxseed with chia smoothie.