Towards a stress–free diet


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Towards a stress–free diet

You may have noticed that some of us over eat while some others are unable to eat while their mind is stressed. Among those who turn to food when stressed, some munch on crispy snacks while others load up on sugars like ice creams and cakes.

So what should we ideally eat to relieve stress?

Our food affects not just the body but also the mind. A new way to look at what to eat to lead a wholesome and healthy life is the stress-free diet. It is founded on the principle that the food we eat should enliven us. We alr*eady know that processed and refined food causes stress to our body. We already know that most of the diets to lose weight cause mental stress. Stress free diet pr*o*po*unds food that causes least stress to the body and to your lifestyle.

Here are some stress-free diet tips to reduce the mental stress we experience.

Orange, lemon and gooseberries are amazing sources of Vitamin C and help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.

Spinach is a rich source of magnesium and it can red*uce headaches, migr*aine and fatigue. Soups, jui*ces and stir fries with spi*n*ach help soo*the the mind.

Instead of chips, go for uns*alted alm*onds, pistachios and walnuts. Almonds pa*cked with B and E vitamins help boost immunity and pistachios and walnuts help lower blood pressure.

The monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure. Bananas contain tryptohan that helps in dealing with depression. Think of a smoothie with the two to jumpstart your day.
Apricots (dried) are rich in magnesium, which can act as stress-busters and are also natural muscle relaxants.

Sweet potatoes, preferably organic, help you deal with sugar cravings. A baked sweet potato could be your replacement for the tub of ice cream. They are also packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins, and the fibre helps your body process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.

Vanilla and chocolate enha*nce moods. Go for a dash of vanilla and dark chocolate shaving on your oatmeal.

Among herbal teas, chamo*mi*le can soothe and pepper mint can pe*rk you up. Take your pick and try not to go for that sachet of sugar along with it.

A recent study by a nutrition journal in*di*cates that a vegetarian diet makes you ha*ppier and stress free as meat and fish contain arachidonic acid that causes mood disturbing brain changes. However if you must, then mackerel, salmon and turkey are your best bet when stressed. Eat your way back to joy with these stress–free diet tips.

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