How to beat the stress factor
We all feel the pressure from time to time, but if you feel as though your stress levels are going into overdrive – and causing you to eat all the wrong things – it’s time to take some action. You can reduce your stress-induced food cravings with these nutrient dense alternatives:
- Nuts – Munching on a handful of raw nuts every day helps to regulate magnesium levels, which is important for keeping stress levels low.
- Brown rice – Complex carbohydrate foods, such as brown rice and pasta, help to raise levels of the happiness hormone, serotonin, which boosts your mood.
- Oily fish – Oily fish like salmon and trout is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which keep brain cells firing on all cylinders so you can deal with your stress symptoms effectively.
- Chocolate – Yes, really! A couple of squares of the sweet stuff can help to produce those all-important endorphins. Look for dark chocolate with no less than 70 per cent cocoa solids and remember, everything in moderation!
- Turkey – Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which helps to produce the happy, feel-good hormone, serotonin.
- Green tea – This tea is a source of the amino acid L-theanine, which acts as a relaxant.
- Blueberries – A good source of the antioxidant anthocyanin, blueberries help lower your blood pressure – which can rise thanks to high cortisol levels.
- Garlic – Our immune systems often bear the brunt of our stress, so make sure you’re fighting fit with garlic which contains an immunity boosting compound called allicin.