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SOME GOOD NEWS to keep in mind you are prone to being a stress bunny: you can  eat to stay calm and feed your body and mind. Indeed eating may help you stay calm.

Sadly we are not talking about tucking into a giant bowl of macaroni cheese; a baked camembert and crusty bread or a giant bar of chocolate. Indeed we are not talking about stuffing yourself with your typical comfort food. Indeed stuffing yourself with processed foods, sugary items and fatty foods will only lead to you feeling guilty, give your body more toxins to process and cause you to feel more anxious.

Instead, keep away from stimulants such as coffee and alcohol and feed yourself some easy to get hold of and super quick to prepare: super foods

Top five Super Calming Foods

  1. Asparagus

Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one vegetable that boosts this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus.  It is really simple to prepare and whether you toss some young asparagus in with some cooked pasta and enjoy it with a simple lemon, fresh parsley and olive oil dressing or you simply snack on some steamed spears by dipping them in some herby dressing; a single cup provides two-thirds of your daily value and it will real help to make you feel calm. One of the great things about asparagus is that it’s easy to fit asparagus into almost any meal.

2. Avocado

We need B vitamins for a healthy nervous system and feelings of anxiety can be aided by a vitamin B boost. Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins and are also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help lower blood pressure. Why not blend avocado with a ripe banana, vanilla extract, nut milk, and  honey. Freeze, then relax and enjoy a healthy frozen alternative to ice cream.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, making them mighty stress-busters. When we’re stressed, our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells. They are great to enjoy as they are or in a serving of natural yogurt or high-fiber cereal.

4. Almonds

Get some stress-relief munching on almonds, which are rich in vitamins B2 and E. Both of these nutrients help bolster the immune system during times of stress. Just a quarter cup of almonds each day does the trick. For variety, spread some almond butter on fruit slices or whole wheat crackers.

5. Spinach

Whilst leafy greens may not be your idea of comfort food,  or seem like the ideal food when undergoing the rigors of an emotional detox;  but spinach can have a comforting effect. Spinach is packed with magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of wellbeing.  So swap lettuce in your sandwich, have a salad, add it to pasta dishes,or serve it with your morning poached egg. It also makes for yummy soups!

 

Overall, it is recommended that a diet that is low in acid is best for reducing stress, there are two great books that have good chapters on this ‘Emotional Detox’ by Mal Weeraratne  (ISBN  978-1-5049-9415-6) and Eat Yourself Calm by Gill Paul (ISBN-13: 978-0600627470)

 

 

 

About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog, www.serenitykitchen.com