stress-fighting foods

Class is done for the day…and only TWO CLASSES left and I’m done with classes for good. Wahoo!! I will never study for a test again. (or at least not in the near future) Even though I still have 2.5-3 years left in my program…making it through two is great feat. 

Time has seriously flown by in the last two years. It’s weird to think I’ve been in my doctorate program this long. Since school is generally the reason my eyes bug out from time to time, I thought I’d share an article I found that tells you all kinds of foods you can eat to reduce stress! Eating when I’m stressed? Yea, I have never done that (sarcasm at it’s best)…. Now I’ll know what foods I need to turn to when I’m ready to dig in. But first..

Lunch
This morning I hard boiled some eggs and made an egg & avocado salad for a pita. I went a little heavy on the mustard this morning, so it looks a little less like there is avocado in there. 
But I promise, there is.

I’ve had bad luck with pitas this week. Maybe this is a hint I should switch back to bread?
That’s alright though, still tasted the same. Not all of my salad fit, so I just ate the rest of it plain, which was also just as good! Now I’m eyeing up some of those peanut butter cookies that were brought to the office. Hmm peanut butter cookies are for sure a stress fighting food, right?

Stress-fighting foods

Oatmeal
So maybe peanut butter cookies aren’t on the list, but some carbohydrates are. When your body absorbs carbs, the brain releases serotonin, which will help you relax. Oatmeal is high in fiber, so it takes your stomach a longer time to digest it. Thick cut oats, opposed to the small packaged varieties, are a better option. If you are going to have a busy day, trying preparing some overnight oats the night before. You’ll have less preparation in the morning giving yourself some more ‘me’ time, and hopefully feel a little better when you’re running around. You can find some good recipes from Peanut Butter Fingers, and here is a tutorial on preparing them!
overnight oats
source Peanut Butter Fingers
Spinach
Spinach contains 40% daily value of magnesium, which has been shown to reduce stress levels. If you don’t get enough magnesium, you may be more prone to headaches. (No bueno.)
 
Spinach is easy to add to almost any recipe. I often eat it with my lunch somehow, like I did today by adding it to my salad in my pita bread. You can also incorporate it in a veggie scramble for breakfast… 
or into pasta for lunch or dinner! Try the linguine recipe we made last night, lots of wilted spinach mixed up in there.

Calcium
Calcium in milk has shown to reduce muscle spasms or tension. This is the number one thing that happens to me when I’m stressed. My shoulders and back are super tense. Drinking skim milk, or almond milk, will give you a good dose of calcium to help out your tense muscles. 
If you aren’t a big milk drinker, try making a protein shake in the morning or for a snack during the day. 
These are trusty ingredients we always have around. Add in some fruit, or peanut butter if you have a chocolate protein flavor, and you’re set!
I often turn to these when I’m craving something sweet but want to keep it healthy.
If your curious about some other stress fighting foods, you can check out an article I found!
34 Snack that Fight Stress (Self Magazine) 
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