By: Iveta Ivanova
We all hit a slump at some stage. Winter is upon us and now more than ever we begin to feel tired and grumpy. Altering your diet and introducing some foods to your meals can significantly shift the way you feel. If you are feeling down in the dumps it’s easy to binge on junk food. Obesity and childhood obesity are at epidemic levels at the moment so it is essential that we opt for healthier options. Here are a few suggestions on the best foods you should eat to improve your energy levels and reduce stress.
Well, it’s coming up to Christmas, so we can all expect to be stuffed with turkey come the end of December. After Christmas dinner do you ever get that sleepy dopey feeling? What you may not have known is that turkey is one of the best foods for reducing stress and causing sleepiness. It contains tryptophan, an amino acid that increases serotonin production which is known for alleviating stress. Try to include turkey in your regular diet. You can add it to your omelet for breakfast, your salad for lunch, in a sandwich or simply served with mashed potatoes, gravy and a variety of vegetables.
Salmon is one of the best foods to reduce stress. It is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that boost serotonin production. Docosahexaenoic acid, known as DHA found in Omega 3 fats assist in nourishing the brain while mitigating stress hormones. Inflammation and blood flow are both associated with chronic stress which Omega 3 can help with. If you want to feel more at ease introduce more fish to your diet.
This leafy green vegetable is great for both improving energy levels and reducing stress. It is a good source of magnesium, the mineral known for promoting a sense of calm. It is also high in fibre, providing energy levels. If you eat salads for lunch or serve you main meals with salad try replacing lettuce with spinach for optimum nutrition.
If you want to start your day on an energetic note or need a boost during the day then eggs are one of the best foods you can eat. They are naturally rich in B vitamins which convert food into energy. What’s best is they are a great source of vitamin D to help maintain strong bones and protein too.
Sometimes we forget about the importance of proper alimentation and then look for solutions with medication or therapies. However, deep inside us we know that this is not the right solution. Include these foods in your diet and you are guaranteed to notice a significant difference in the way you feel: both physically and mentally. Don`t forget that portion sizes also play a big role to feel good, so be careful with that and especially around festive days. Be healthy and feel happy!