Foods To Calm You Down Fast

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by pw7575, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    Saw this article on yahoo today and thought it could help a lot of us who have a lot of stress and anxiety.

    Take Care,
    Pam

    Foods To Calm You Down Fast
    Posted Tue, Feb 06, 2007, 10:55 am PST

    Holiday bills arriving in heaps? Lurking taxes turning up the tension? No Valentine in sight? Regardless of the cause, there's an almost Alice in Wonderland counter-intuitiveness to the goodies we turn to for comfort. Instead of soothing our frayed nerves, many of them ultimately make us feel worse.

    Take the classic-curling up with a pint of ice cream. It's a total backfire. Why? Sweets are insidious: After the initial rush, the body's insulin response kicks in, causing a sudden blood sugar drop that triggers the release of stress hormones. Soon you're feeling more jangled than you were before you inhaled that whole container of Chunky Monkey. And alcohol, of course, is a wolfish stimulant in calm sheep's clothing.

    But true comfort foods do exist.

    1. Berries, any berries
    Eat them one by one instead of M&Ms when the pressure's on. For those tough times when tension tightens your jaw, try rolling a frozen berry around in your mouth. And then another, and another. Since the carbs in berries turn to sugar very slowly, you won't have a blood sugar crash. The bonus: They're a good source of vitamin C, which helps fight a jump in the stress hormone cortisol

    2. Guacamole
    If you're craving something creamy, look no further. Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which stress quickly depletes and which your body needs to maintain nerves and brain cells. Plus their creaminess comes from healthy fat. Scoop up the stuff with whole-grain baked chips-crunching keeps you from gritting your teeth.

    3. Mixed nuts
    Just an ounce will help replace those stress-depleted Bs (walnuts), give you a whopping amount of zinc (Brazil nuts)-it's also drained by high anxiety-and boost your E (almonds), which helps fight cellular damage linked to chronic stress. Buy nuts in the shell and think of it as multi-tasking: With every squeeze of the nutcracker, you're releasing a little bit of tension.

    4. Oranges
    People who take a 1,000 mg of C before giving a speech have lower levels of cortisol and lower blood pressure than those who don't. So lean back, take a deep breath, and concentrate on peeling a large orange. The 5-minute mindfulness break will ease your mind and you'll get a bunch of C as well.

    5. Asparagus
    Each tender stalk is a source of folic acid, a natural mood-lightener. Dip the spears in fat-free yogurt or sour cream for a hit of calcium with each bite.

    6. Chai tea
    A warm drink is a super soother, and curling up with a cup of aromatic decaf chai tea (Tazo makes ready-to-brew bags) can make the whole evil day go away.

    7. Dark chocolate
    Okay, there's nothing in it that relieves stress, but when only chocolate will do, reach for the dark, sultry kind that's at least 70% cocoa. You figure if the antioxidant flavonoids in it are potent enough to fight cancer and heart disease, they've got to be able to temper tension's effects.
  2. twerp

    twerp New Member

    Lots of good (and yummy) information here.

    Hugs,
    Twerp
  3. Luxuria

    Luxuria New Member

    The berries work great for me :) The thing I found that works wonders for me during a bad headache/migraine is popcorn. I have no idea why, but it seem to go in my family. Popcorn is the only thing that gets my mom over a migraine too.

    Bekah
  4. Slayadragon

    Slayadragon New Member

    Umm...one orange has about 70 mg of vitamin C. One cup of strawberries has about 85 mg.

    The article above says that people who take 1,000 mg of vitamin C before giving a speech have lower blood pressure and lower cortisol.

    I guess this is good information if you want to eat 15 oranges or 12 cups of strawberries while under stress.

    Of course, fresh foods have all kinds of nutrients in them that you can't get from pills. Pills definitely are not a substitute.

    That article is a bit misleading with regard to oranges helping with acute stress, though.

    Best, Lisa
  5. Scapper

    Scapper New Member

    Thanks!

    LOVE NUMBER 7 :)
  6. fibrohugslife

    fibrohugslife New Member

    Well I still see that the article has some great information. Again it is all in moderation and what is best for your own body in when reading any sort of articles and such that are out there.

  7. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    Hi again!

    Thank you for the 'relaxing' foods. I never gave it a thought.

    Now I have some more options.

    nyrofan
  8. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    I haven't tried the berry thing...rolling them around in your mouth. Sounds like a few of you have tried that. I will have to try that one. I love berries!

    Take Care All!
    Pam