Written by Lina Nieto, dietetic intern for Triad to Wellness
Edited by Sarah Achleithner, BS, Nutrition Communications Coordinator for Triad to Wellness
Let’s face it – stress is an unavoidable part of life. We are all subject to our fast-paced modern lifestyles, but it’s not always the stressors themselves that are the culprits–it’s how we react to them. Hold the eye roll! Yes, it may seem easier said than done, but stress can be managed before we allow it to take a toll on our health. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of Americans reported overeating/eating unhealthy foods during times of stress (1). But this is when our bodies urgently need nourishing, healthy foods to stay focused, alert, and energized! April is National Stress Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate than to list some tips that help manage your stress naturally through diet? Continue reading to find out what you can start eating to keep stress at bay!
Stress Fighting Foods:
So there you have it – 5 stress-busting superfoods that you can begin enjoying today. It is completely possible to combat stress with a balanced diet – some foods help stabilize blood sugar and even regulate your emotional response, truly the most important factor in determining how you deal with stress. So, don’t look too far for stress relief, just kick your feet up and bite into some dark chocolate!
1. American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2016, from http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/eating.aspx
2. Fish Oil Benefits for Depression and Stress. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2016, from https://www.omega3innovations.com/fish-oil-benefits-depression-stress/
3. Page, A. (2013, March 5). 12 Foods that Fight Stress. Retrieved April 15, 2016, from http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/cf/slideshows/12-foods-that-fight-stress
4. Zelman, K. M., RD. (2014, April 16). Diet for Stress Management: Carbs, Nuts, and Other Stress-Relief Foods. Retrieved April 15, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-diet-for-stress-management