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Six foods to manage stressDo You Try to Manage Stress by Eating?

What do you do to manage stress? If you are like me, you might choose to grab something to eat – something that will taste good and, yes, comfort you.  But actually, how you feel can be directly related to what you put into your mouth!

Instead of that brownie or bag of chips, try grabbing some of the foods below and see if your stress level decreases. When you add in good vitamins and minerals that your body needs, you will definitely feel a difference. It’s another example of making good choices.

Six Better Food Choices to Help You Manage Stress

1. Blueberries are very high in Vitamin C which has proven to help the body deal with high levels of stress. Blueberries’ high amount of fiber help regulate blood sugar levels too.

foods to manage stress2. Sweet potatoes can help you satisfy the urge for carbohydrates & sweets when you are under a lot of stress. Sweet potatoes are packed full of beta-carotene (gotta love that orange color!), and the fiber helps you process the carbohydrates in a slow, steady manner. Have you tried baked sweet potato chips? They are awesome & so good for you.

3. Turkey contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin which is a great, feel-good brain chemical.  It is very calming. Now you know why you always want to take a nap after eating a big turkey dinner!

4. Walnuts are very high in potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, and copper, and they promote good digestion and a healthy immune system. Crush them and sprinkle on yogurt, salads, or just grab a handful for anti-stress benefits.

5. Brown rice and other whole grains like bulgar wheat, quinoa, or oats contain plenty of B vitamins. They also supply carbohydrates that give you serotonin so that blood sugar levels are not spiked. Healthy fiber is another plus of these whole grain foods.

6. Soy is another great addition to your stress-reduction plan. Soy is high in protein, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium. Things to consider are tofu, soy nuts, and soy-based breakfast drinks like Energizing Soy Protein and, if you want to lose weight, Life Shake smoothees. That is what I use and my energy-level and even-keel feeling last all day long. Just be sure you use non-GMO soy.

Stress Relief Complex is Natural Stress Relief

get stress reliefSometimes your body needs more than foods that relieve your stress levels. It needs specific herbs that nature provides.

Stress can elevate your body’s level of cortisol. Continuously high levels have been linked to long-term health challenges. Ashwagandha is a traditional herb used to help the body adapt to heightened stress. Shaklee’s  Stress Relief Complex contains ashwagandha as well as L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, and Beta-Sitosterol. This blend has been clinically-tested to support a calm, more relaxed state without causing drowsiness.

How you manage stress is another opportunity for you to make good health choices – and choose life for your body! Incorporate these six foods into your weekly diet and don’t forget to practice I Peter 5:7: “Cast all your cares on Jesus because He cares for you.”

 

 

Health Disclaimer: This post is my opinion and is not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness. Please consult your health professional for expert advice on how to manage stress.