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Between work, family, and life in general, it’s no wonder that a majority of people suffer from high levels of stress. While experts agree that a healthy lifestyle with exercise and plenty of sleep at night can help lower stress levels, many don’t realize that a healthy diet can ease the amount of stress we feel on a daily basis. A healthy diet should consist of three balanced meals and two mid-meal snacks.
For breakfast try a whole grain cereal with blueberries. Many cereals are fortified with vitamin B and folic acid which are known stress reducers. Skim milk offers vitamins and nutrients such as B2, B12, protein and calcium. These not only fight stress, but add to bone health as well. High in vitamin C and rich in antioxidants blueberries are also high in fiber. These components make this fruit a valuable stress reducing ingredient to any breakfast.
Try snacking on a handful of almonds mid-morning. These nuts are power packed with vitamins B2, and E, magnesium and zinc. They aid in the secretion of serotonin which is the hormone that induces a feeling of well-being. In addition to fighting stress, vitamin E aids in the prevention of stress related diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
For lunch try a healthy and light tuna salad. Instead of heavy mayonnaise use a light mayonnaise or one of the newer ones made using olive or canola oil to save on calories. Tuna is high in vitamins B6 and B12 which are great for stress relief. Tuna is also an excellent choice for low-fat protein.
A great afternoon pick-me-up is bananas. This fruit is high in potassium and stress fighting vitamin C, the natural boost received from eating bananas can’t be beat.
Wrap up your day with a healthy dinner of lean beef and steamed or grilled asparagus. Both of these nutrient rich foods are great stress busters. Beef contains iron, zinc, and B vitamins, perfect for the stressed out family. Asparagus contains mood stabilizing folic acid.
Food is such an essential part of living. Why not eat so that we can lower our stress and live a better, longer, happier life.