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All stressed out? What you should and shouldn’t eat to overcome stress

Stress is one of the biggest risk factors to develop chronic diseases like cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and chronic pain.

Many of us experience stress on a daily basis. When we are stressed, our immune, endocrine, and nervous systems are adversely affected. The food that we eat has a major effect on our minds and bodies. Dr. Francesca Vazquez, a clinical health psychologist, is here to help us overcome stress by teaching us what to eat and what to avoid when we feel nervous and overwhelmed by the everyday problems.

  • What we should avoid:
  1. Processed food – anything that isn’t natural, has preservatives, or comes in boxes;
  2. White flour products – they can be extremely inflammatory;
  3. Alcohol it can disrupt hormones;
  4. Excessive caffeine – morning coffee is ok, but if consumed in excess it could disrupt the adrenals and the nervous system;
  5. Sugar – when sugar carving creeps in, choose a piece of dark chocolate or peanut butter on whole-wheat toast.
  • What’s good for us:
  1. Almonds, oranges, bananas, oatmeal, avocados, and asparagus – B-complex vitamins;
  2. Spinach, bananas, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate – Magnesium;
  3. Almond milk, spinach, yogurt, broccoli, kale, and figs – Calcium;
  4. Oranges, blueberries, lemons, and limes – Vitamin C;
  5. Sunlight – Vitamin D;
  6. Nuts, salmon, and tuna – Omega-3 fatty acids.

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