Back from vacation, back to school, bad weather and early rises. We tell you what to eat when you are stressed to survive with dignity.
I'm a bit weird, I admit, and September has always been one of my favorite months. Even when she was little, she was one of those who were looking forward to starting school again, especially to be able to release new books ... some advantage had to be the older sister.
But I know that for the vast majority September is a stressful month, with going back to work after the holidays, going back to school, with the expenses that multiply, with the shorter days and the time that does not seem to arrive, the coldest nights and the rainiest mornings ... And, in the absence of being able to stop the world to catch air and move on, today I am going to talk to you about what to eat when you are stressed, because sometimes in those situations follow the impulse to destroy all the calories in the fridge or all the sugar in the pantry is only a temporary relief that ends up doing much more damage in the long run.
What to eat when you are stressed
Lack of time and stress often go hand in hand, which often leads to late meals with little common sense. Believe me that neglecting food at such times is something that can pay dearly. So, I propose some foods that do not require excessive or long preparations that will be good to resort to when time does not give us more.
Foods rich in tryptophan
The meat of turkey and chicken are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that regulates the production of serotonin reinforcing the sense of wellbeing. So, a good idea is to dine on this homemade turkey cold cuts or just some grilled chicken breast. Other foods rich in tryptophan are nuts, legumes, eggs, and fish.
Green leafy vegetables
Especially spinach, which are rich in folates, a substance capable of facilitating the generation of dopamine. So, this leek and spinach omelette or these rolled spinach are perfect for the most stressful days.
We already talked to you weeks ago about probiotic and prebiotic foods and it is that strange as it may seem, intestinal bacteria can also cause us to feel stressed. In 2012, a UCLA study concluded that consuming probiotic foods such as yogurt reduced activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional stress.
Whenever they are whole grains, especially oats, they also collaborate in the formation of serotonin and are a good natural alternative to anti-stress drugs.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
We are pure chemistry, and at times of maximum stress our body releases the so-called anxiety hormones, which are adrenaline and cortisol. A good dose of omega-3 that we will obtain by including fish such as salmon in our diet will help us to counteract the negative effects of stress.
And, of course, in stressful situations, we must not neglect the importance of a good rest and for this do not forget to go through the post in which we talk about which are the best foods to sleep well and which ones we should avoid.