Eating to Beat Stress

posted by Jennie James - 

I've been dealing with stress lately.  I love my kids.  I wouldn't change a thing.  But being a parent is hard.  Because of that I've been looking at ways to help deal with stress.  This list couldn't be better for me since I love to eat!      But really, include some of these in your next meal or snack.

Magnesium for mood

Women frequently have insufficient amounts of magnesium in their system.  Magnesium reduces those pesky stress hormones, is anti-inflammatory, and lifts depression!

Foods high in magnesium include almonds, avocados, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, soybeans, black beans, salmon, halibut, oysters and grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, oats, brown rice and amaranth.

Friendly fats and carbohydrates

Plant-based fats are vital for brain health and complex carbs help produce serotonin.

Good fat sources: avocados, a wide range of seeds and virgin olive oil.

Simple carbohydrates (or simple sugars) or enduring the related fast rise and swift plunge in blood sugar levels. Think complex carbohydrates (starches), such as whole-grain products, vegetables (sweet potatoes are a great choice) and beans. Complex carbs contain fiber, which helps slow blood sugar level changes and reduce negative effects on mood.

Opt for omega-3 foods

Dietary omega-3 consumption helps reduce depression.

Foods high in omega-3s include wild salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, walnuts and hemp and chia seeds. Choose fish that have the lowest levels of mercury and other toxins.

Those are just some of the foods you can eat to help with stress.  ***CLICK HERE*** for more!

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