By Deviyani Srivastava
Is stress making you reach for that ice cream in the freezer? Are you having trouble keeping your eyes open and keep reaching out for coffee? While quick fixes make you feel just fine, they don’t really last that long and often lead to burn out. But worry not, we’ve listed out a whole range of things you can eat when you feel that your mood is going sideways.
1.Stressed: Dark Chocolate
Stressed? Just grab some dark chocolate to eat away your stress. Dark chocolate reduces the stress hormones in the body. It is said that eating 1 bar (40 grams) of dark chocolate has the power to lower the stress hormones in the body which in turn reduces your anxiety and gives you a better chance to get the job done.
2.Sluggish: Eat a Spinach Salad
Trouble concentrating and keeping your eyes open? Instead of reaching for coffee, have a spinach salad. The folic acid in the spinach helps your body to process and lower homocysteine levels. High levels of homocysteine means high damage to blood vessels which interferes with the flow of nutrients to the brain. This leads you to feel sluggish and have trouble in even recalling information. The best way to get a boost is to eat folate-rich foods like spinach and other leafy green vegetables.
3. Cranky: Eat an Apple with Peanut Butter
Just snapped at your kids for no reason, its time to blast away your irritability. Eat a combination of a carbohydrate with either some protein or some fat. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy that quickly burns out. Adding some fat or protein to it will slow the digestion process thus helping you maintain sugar and energy levels. Here the apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the peanut butter is the healthy fat which will help you be sane for hours.
4. Feeling Anxious: Eat some Salmon
Anxiety and worries are consuming your days? Then you must consider eating salmon, which is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that may help keep your anxiety in control. If you are a vegetarian, considering eating walnuts and include flaxseeds in your diet.
5. Angry: Sip Green Tea
Whatever the reason for the sudden anger outburst, if you need to calm down fast, consider sipping on a cup of green tea. Green tea contains theanine, which calms you and helps you maintain clear concentration and focus. Green tea has a modest amount of caffeine too which is gentler on your body compared to coffee.
6. Sad: Eat Whole Grain Cereal with Low fat Milk
Do your Monday morning blues last the whole week? Chances are you have a deficiency of vitamin D. This nutrient helps in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known as the “feel-good hormone” that can help you feel calm, relaxed and happy. Boost your intake of vitamin D, by consuming low fat fortified milk, fortified cereals or mushrooms. Depending on your diet, you may also need to take a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
Many factors are responsible for mood swings, dietary changes can help but do consult a doctor for best diets and supplements suited for you.
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