1. Salmon – High levels of the fats DHA and EPA in salmon have been shown to reduce anxiety and dampen down the effect that stress has on our emotions.
2. Pistachios – These don’t technically reduce stress levels, but they do reduce the impact it has on your body. People doing stressful tasks after eating pistachios suffer less intense spikes in blood pressure.
3. Red & Green Peppers – An excellent source of vitamin C. Research by German doctors discovered that when vitamin C levels in the body are high, we calm down from stress faster.
4. Oats – Herbalists have used oat extract for years as a calming remedy as they seem to act directly on the nervous system, making us less agitated. Oats also keep blood sugar stable – stress hits us harder if blood sugar is low.
5. Turkey – This is the best source of the calming neurotransmitter ‘tryptophan’, which then turns into the happiness hormone serotonin. Everything seems a bit easier to bear when serotonin levels are high.
6. Coffee – Limit coffee and caffeine intake and don’t drink caffeine after 6 pm
7. Stay away from high fat (especially saturated fat), sugar, white flour and salt
8. Avoid fried food
9. Skip the mindless munching. If you want a snack, grab some almonds, walnuts or piece of fruit
10. Use portion control – supersized portions just add to the problem
11. Don’t skip meals, particularly breakfast
12. Drink 8 glasses of water daily
13. If you plan to diet, make sure it’s balanced with fruits and vegetables, proteins and healthy carbohydrates
14. Eat 30-40 grams of fiber per day
15. Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B, C, and Antioxidants. Flavonoids are also helpful. You can find them in 80% pure dark chocolate, green tea, blackberries, onions, apples, grapes, and red wine.