Everyone gets stressed out now and again and we all have our go-to remedies to relieve stress (i.e candy, potato chips and even alcohol), but many Americans turn to the saltiest and fattiest foods to help calm them down – what we call “comfort foods”. Below, we will be listing real comfort foods that can help you relieve stress.
Let’s start out by saying, however, that foods that will actually lower your stress level are much different than the traditionally-called comfort foods. There will not be any fast food or mac n’ cheese on this list!
Stressful events at work or just the daily hassles of life cause our cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol causes food cravings, and (in women in particular) those cravings tend to be strongest for carbohydrates and sweet foods. Men typically crave protein and fat aka: burgers, fries, and pepperoni pizza. It should be noted that the more we eat the foods we crave, the worse it is on our bodies. Not only will gorging on junk food release dopamine, but our stress levels will rise even higher (most likely due to “guilt”) and cause the cycle to begin all over again!
Below are meals and snacks that will truly soothe you – thanks to the nutrients they provide and the natural source of energy they give you. They’ll get you through the day feeling focused and balanced so you have the ability to conquer anything- and without it affecting your waistline!
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