Self Care Recipe: Top 3 foods to reduce anxiety and stress


 

We've all experienced some level of stress and anxiety in our lives. Some more than others...

Wether you are facing tough times - an harassing co-worker with too much hate and time to waste, a lover that you no longer connect with, a devastating death in the family - here are a few natural remedies you can find in food.

Self care has a lot to do with self respect. What does food got to do with it? Well your body is the home of your soul, your most inner thoughts... You protect your physical home with locks, security system etc... To protect what is inside. Well, it is the same with your body.

Here is a list of my top 3 ingredients I add to my self care routine to put my anxiety and stress to bed.

Hoping that helps. Sharing is caring. And as I am writing, I am healing (but that’s a different blog post). Here we go:

1. Avocado 🥑

Filled with Vitamin B6, avocado « helps the body make several neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which influences mood. » (Doctor Jessica Shelton) The B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin, have positive effects on the nervous system. Deficiencies of these vitamins have been linked to increased anxiety in some people.

Food Swap idea: Non-Dairy Frozen Avocado Treat Instead of  Ice Cream 😋

2. Almonds

Overtime researchers have shown that magnesium may be an effective treatment for anxiety. Just 1 ounce of almonds (that’s about 12 nuts) ­ contains 75mg of magnesium which is 19% of your daily recommended value. You can also find magnesium in foods such as legumes, including avocado 🥑.

Food Swap: Almonds Instead of Cookies 

3. Turkey

Have you ever heard of tryptophan? Me neither. Apparently, it is the nutrient in turkey that puts you to sleep after Thanksgiving dinner ha! (that’s what my doctor said). Alright, it’s a little more than that.

Tryptophan is «an amino acid that the body needs to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate sleep and mood » according to the University of Michigan. Tryptophan may help reduce anxious feelings.

I tested it for a week, and it works that’s all I can tell you.

Food Swap: Lean Turkey Instead of Fried Chicken 

Hope this article helps you in any way.

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Much love as always, and take care of your self care journey.

Wendy @dydyxoxo

 


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