I always thought emotional eating meant having a bad day then going to Crumbs Bakery on your way home while simultaneously ordering a milkshake and/or truffle french fry delivery from your iPhone. That does not have to be the case. Eating while stressed can actually calm you down, as long as you choose wisely. Next time you’ve had a rough day, opt for these healthy, stress-slashing choices.
Oranges: The vitamin C helps alleviate stress and bring blood pressure and cortisol levels back down to normal levels.
Salmon: This is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which prevents the cortisol spikes.
Spinach: Magnesium deficiency can lead to fatigue and migraines. One cup of spinach packs 40% of your daily magnesium needs.
Avocados: They contain potassium and monounsaturated fats – two nutrients that help lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
Skim Milk: Calcium can reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension. A glass of skim or 1% per day can help reduce stressful PMS symptoms, as well.
Almonds: They contain a ton of vitamin E, which boots the immune system, and loads of B vitamins that can help your body hold up during high-tension times.
Sweet Potatoes: Eating sweet potatoes helps curb your body’s cravings for sweets during high-stress times.