Even among the tranquility of Boulder, we endure the stresses of New-York-minute lifestyle. While Ben & Jerry’s may relax you for a night, it will probably cause you even more stress when you think about the calories as you crash from the sugar rush. But not to worry, chocolate is one of the foods that, in proper amounts, will provide a prolonged relief of your anxiety and stress.
Here are 5 foods that will help you keep calm and focused:
Chocolate – Dark chocolate, specifically, will help reduce cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms. Try to stay away from milk chocolate with added sugars as it will have the reverse effects of making you feel sluggish from the lactose and the sugar. Consume dark chocolate that has 65% or more cacao concentration. Some dark chocolate includes acai berries, blueberries and other antioxidant fruit for added benefit.
Almonds – This power food contains B12, zinc, and healthy fats, all of which are necessary in maintaining a balanced mood. Almonds are easy to carry with you and snack on when you start feeling anxious or just hungry. Remember, being hungry will cause your body and mind to lack the energy necessary for the tasks you have planned, causing unnecessary stress.
Blueberries – Antioxidants, which blueberries are rich in, help keep the body healthy and functioning properly. The best way to keep away anxiety is to keep your body healthy and your mind will follow suit. Blueberries are a great superfood!
Whole Grain Foods – Whole grain foods will help keep hunger at bay while releasing tryptophan, which becomes serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter. Additionally, whole grain will provide you with the magnesium necessary to prevent anxiety.
- Hint: don’t mistake Whole Grain for Whole Wheat! Whole wheat breads are more processed than whole grain and have a larger content of added sugars.
Acai Berries – Another superfood, acai berries have made headlines in the recent years as a weight loss berry. While opinions differ on the weight-loss theory, acai berries are undeniably full of antioxidants (more so than blueberries) and can help keep you anxiety-free and healthy.