Foods To Calm You Down Fast

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' 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,

    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. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Thankyou for posting all this great info! I'm always looking for alternatives to regular sugar treats and do pretty good most of the time!

    I really like the asparagus dipped in yogurt idea! It seems that every day i need to eat one piece of chocolate! and always try to keep it on the dark side!,,,,,,,,I Really like Tea also (Tazo) next shopping trip!,,It's hard to find the Loose tea in the reg grocery store!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Need to check at the Health food stores again!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,S
    [This Message was Edited on 02/15/2007]
  3. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    I know lots of us could use some stress relief. Hopefully some of these may help although I know that sometimes it may take more than that with the stress we deal with. It is nice though to have some other options. If I can eat some food to calm down I am all for that :)

    OH and on the other board some people said that rolling berries around in your mouth does work so I think I will try that.

    Lindy...hope you are in less pain and less stress now.

    Sisland...I like tea and chocolate too :) It is hard to get loose tea in the grocery store. I am going to get the Tazo Calm tea that people here have been talking about next time I go to the store. I think I may also order some online from Teavana. They sell great loose teas if you want to check them out.

    Take Care All,
  4. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    So many times when we are stressed, we need that chewing action to help relieve the stress. I like the frozen berry suggestion. I already eat the berries, but that would accomplish that need to really chew on something too. Thanks for the list. Other than the dark chocolate, I eat everything on that list almost daily.
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    they all look good, and it will be interesting to see if the others work;

    but I have to admit that the chocolate is #1 for me psychologically at least, LOL.....