Stress Solutions, part 2


Last week I told you that when stress is higher, your carb intake should be lower (bummer, I know!) So here’s some good news about what you should eat more of when stress abounds:

Foods rich in the calming nutrients, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

Magnesium-rich foods include…

  • cocoa powder (sprinkle it on fruit, cottage cheese, oatmeal, etc. with a little stevia or your favorite sweetener)
  • halibut
  • white beans
  • wheat bran
  • spinach

Omega-3-rich foods include…

  • cold-water fatty fish like wild salmon, trout, haddock, mackerel, sardines
  • fish oil supplements
  • flax seed oil
  • walnuts (limit to 1/4 cup per serving)

If you want the most omega 3’s for the least calories, fish oil supplements are your best bet. Look for a brand that says “3rd party certified” to make sure they don’t contain mercury. Some studies have shown that fish oil has such a powerful effect on mood and anxiety that some folks on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication have been able to lower their doses after starting fish oil supplements. Wow!
Hope you have a stress-free week,

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