7 Amazing Stress-Busting Foods!

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Good morning everyone and happy Monday!

Whether it be from work, relationships, friendships or just plain ol’ living, we all live with a measure of stress. Stress can not be avoided but what we can do is take steps to help mitigate the effects of stress.

Sustained stress, if left unchecked, can have a detrimental effect on your health. It can raise blood pressure, promote inflammation and even lead to mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Additionally, stress can lead you to make poor food choices, which in turn, can contribute to even greater stress levels and other health concerns.

In today’s Motivational Monday, I am going to review the 7 foods you should be including in your diet on a regular basis to help you manage stress and it’s impact on your health. I also include a bonus suggestion that will make a great addition to your afternoon lunch.

In today’s hectic and demanding world, stress is virtually unavoidable. What is manageable is how you deal with it. Choosing refined, processed and sugary foods as a way of coping is going to keep you in the cycle of stress. Making healthy food choices that include some or all of the foods mentioned in today’s video can make all the difference in how you deal with life’s stressors.

Once you have watched the video, I am curious to know…

Are you feeling the effects of stress? And if so, what is your best stress-busting practice? Do you eat a particular food that calms you in a healthy way? AND is there a food on this list that you can see yourself including on a regular basis to help calm your mind and promote a sense of peace? Let me know, as I’d love to hear!

I hope you have a serene and happy Monday! And I look forward to hearing your comments below.
xo
B

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8 comments on “7 Amazing Stress-Busting Foods!

  1. Sarit

    Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for your Motivational Mondays, I love them!!! (I follow you from Florence Italy πŸ™‚
    I just wanted to ask : what if lately I feel my blood pressure is very low (dizzines when lying down ect) but Im also having a more stressful period in my life – As you mentioned that many of this foods are lowering your blood pressure. (Im healthy 45 old women)

    Thank you and wish you a great day πŸ™‚
    Sarit

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Sarit!! How exciting! I love Florence and have recently begun to think I need to return to that part of Italy….

      Your question is a good one, and it does indeed sound like low blood pressure. Blood pressure is impacted by your adrenal glands, so during stressful situations your adrenals can get fatigued which can either raise blood pressure in some people, or if it is sustained, long term stress, can over time weaken adrenal function and lead to low blood pressure. In any case, avoid sugars as best you can, eat quality lean protein like fish and get some yoga or other meditative exercise in. That will help. But also talk to your doctor if this persists.

      I hope this helps! And thank you for reaching out~
      Stay well~
      B

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      1. Sarit

        Thank you very much!
        I Will do that!
        And if you need any recomendation regarding Florence or Italy I will be very happy to assist πŸ™‚

        Sarit

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  2. sukey pett

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for another inspiring Motivational Monday. I have a few foods that help me lower stress and in general, make me feel good. Kale in any form, either sauteed or braised, or in green juices. I love making green juice and feel healthy and calmer as soon as I drink it. Baked sweet potatoes (you mentioned root vegs) with no fat but a sprinkling of good quality cinnamon are great. I also like Pukka Herbs Detox tea, which is made with fennel and fennel seed. Thanks again.

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  3. Anna McNally

    Hi Barbara,

    Instead Salmon and citrus fruits can you take fish oil and Vit C supplements? The acid in citrus fruits bothers my stomach – I have even tried low acid juices but same result. Salmon is abundant in Nova Scotia but it is mostly farmed so instead of eating farmed Salmon, I have been taking omega 3 supplements. However when I do find wild oily fish, I stock up. All other foods I eat but will eat more of them – love oats, nuts, root veggies and avocado πŸ™‚

    I have a great recipe for Almond Balls (can make them bars) that I want to share with you:
    1c Almond Meal
    1c Shredded unsweetened Coconut (or 1/2 c oats)
    2tbs Honey or Maple Syrup (can use agave)
    2 – 3tbs Coconut oil
    1/4tsp Vanilla
    pinch of salt

    Blend all ingredients together in a food processer (can do by hand) until well blended (blend longer if using raw oats.) Form into balls (size of a walnut) and store in the fridge or you can bake them for 15mins at 350 which I prefer.

    I take these to work and pair it with a pear or apple as my 3pm ‘pick me up’

    Have a great day!

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Thanks Anna!! And yes, if those foods are not an option for you then taking the supplements are a fine alternative. It’s always best though, whenever possible, to get it from food.
      Thank you for the recipe!! I have a similar one I put together and published in the Huffington Post. They are so good, aren’t they?? One is enough to satisfy any sweet craving. So glad to know you are doing well and eating healthfully!
      Thanks again~ Always nice to read your posts πŸ™‚
      xo
      B

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    2. Jasmin Kanter

      This recipe sounds delicious, i am going to try it! Thanks for the video Barbara, I will forward it to my friend who is having a very stressful time right now. Hopefully she can take these tips and an almond ball, and be less stressed πŸ™‚

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