Do you sometimes feel like you could conquer Mount Everest (or the chaos of the tween department at H&M … I digress…) one minute, then find yourself slumped over and cranky with alternating bouts of sluggishness and anxiety? Food makes a serious impact on our mood and energy. And we all know that at different times of the day, we are at our most vulnerable. You know what I’m talking about. That mid-morning muffin, mid-afternoon double-caramel-extra-whipped-cream-extravaganza, and on it goes. You want to avoid the brutal blood sugar swings and find options that keep you satisfied and stable. When you think about how to put together a meal or grab a snack, go for the food options that love you back.
Offering one of the highest natural sources of tryptophan, the precursor for the production of serotonin, (the feel good hormone), cashews are a smart choice to satisfy and make you feel great.
Rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients (plant nutrients), with antioxidants that are great for relieving stress.
3. Acai Berries
Also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Enjoy berries or use powdered form to add to smoothies.
Contain zinc, which is a key nutrient for maintaining a balanced mood. Also contain healthy fats and iron. Low levels of iron cause feelings of anxiety because your brain is fatigued.
Yes, I clapped for joy as well. Pure dark chocolate reduces cortisol, your stress hormone. Chocolate is known to improve mood and decrease anxiety. Please exercise moderation. 1-2 squares a day of good dark chocolate (at least 75%) is great.
6. Maca Root
Maca is an incredible root from South America that is known as an ‘adaptogen,’ meaning it adapts to what your body needs. It can increase stamina and energy, yet with healthy amounts of magnesium and iron, it also helps to control anxiety. Maca has more phytonutrients than nearly any other type of fruit and vegetable. Can be used in powdered form in smoothies.
Rich in B vitamins (stress-relievers), high in monosaturated fat and potassium, and lowers blood pressure.
High in vitamin C and folic acid (vitamin B9), which helps fight depression.
Vitamin C powerhouse. Lowers blood pressure and stress hormone cortisol.
Loaded with magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol and promotes feelings of wellbeing.