Three Healthy Foods for Stress Eating
Eating while stressed sounds like a bad idea. After all, mindless, stress-related eating is one of the chief culprits when it comes to excess weight gain. And that just adds to your stress. Which triggers more eating...
It’s a potentially vicious cycle. But certain foods may actually help you calm down when you’re feeling particularly frazzled. They can help you get a handle on out-of-control stress without sabotaging your diet or creating new problems to stress about.
1) Go nuts. Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and even Brazil nuts all contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They also supply plenty of fiber, to help you feel full, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to fight oxidative stress. Brazil nuts are a rich source of the essential micronutrient, selenium. Selenium plays an important role in immune system function, so getting enough ensures your immune system has everything it needs to keep you strong and well. Walnuts are a rich source of plant-based essential omega-3 fatty acids, and these nutrients are anti-inflammatory.
2) Eat Your spinach. Have a salad made with spinach for a quick boost to your body’s stores of magnesium. More than half of Americans may be deficient in this essential nutrient, which helps keep blood pressure in check. People with low magnesium levels may be more prone to migraine headaches and may feel unnecessarily tired. Who knew that Popeye’s favorite food could be such a pick-me-up?
3) Have some wild salmon. Wild Alaskan salmon is rich in potent antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The latter are essential nutrients that help keep inflammation in check and keep the nervous system humming along nicely. People with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet tend to have lower levels of stress-related hormones, such as cortisol. Salmon is also a great source of lean protein.
Next week I’ll suggest more stress-busting foods you can add to this list of healthy snacks.