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)
- white beans
- wheat bran
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,