If you’re reading this, you’ve probably stress eaten something in your life and paid the annoying consequences. Ever eaten a whole tub of ice cream in one sitting?
Ya, me too.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Usually, stress eating is associated with weight gain because we are prone to eat super unhealthy foods when we’re stressed out. But what will happen if we begin to stress eat foods that taste good, are healthy, and lower our stress levels?
Good things. Good things will happen.
Studies have linked depression to a deficiency in folic acid, which is a form of Vitamin B-9. Guess what has a ton of this folic acid. That’s right, asparagus. Eat just two cups of this stuff and you’ll have your entire daily value plus some.
For those who are gagging right now because they don’t like asparagus, never fear. There are many ways to cook asparagus.
Most people eat it sautéed and dipped in their favorite dressing. This is my favorite method because it tastes less like a vegetable this way. If you don’t like that, you can fry it, chop it up, and put it in an omelet. Instead of trying to choke it down alone, it adds flavor to an already tasty omelet.
What? Blueberries? But I LOVE blueberries?!
Yes, yes you do.
And they also contain a horde of antioxidants and vitamin c which help reduces stress. Eat them with your lunch or spread blueberry jam on your toast. If I know the day is going to be a killer, I’ll throw a bunch of blueberries in my morning oatmeal to help me out.
Ok. I LOVE almonds. Not only do they contain a ton of Vitamin B2 and E, but simply chomping on them is a stress reliever in itself. I can eat them completely plain because I like them so much, but most people can only do the salted ones. That’s okay too.
You can put them in your yogurt, eat them alone, or put almond butter on toast and eat it that way. All around a good choice.
4. Orange Juice
Have you ever gone to brunch and ordered anything other than orange juice?!
You probably have.
But I haven’t because I esteem orange juice that highly.
Yet another item packed with vitamin c, oranges can reduce stress by reducing your cortisol levels. I talk more about the hormone cortisol here. There are millions of ways to eat oranges. Keep it simple, and just have an orange on the side of your lunch, or — the best and most common way — drink orange juice with your breakfast.
5. Greek Yogurt
I’ll admit, I didn’t like Greek yogurt at first.
Although, that was probably because I first had it while sitting on the floor of a dorm room.
A number of great brands have popped up over the years. I like Chobani, personally, although it might drain your wallet if you’re not careful. Go with a cheaper brand if you’re low on dough.
I love yogurt because you can eat it for breakfast in the morning or for a late night snack. The high in protein yogurt stimulates neurotransmitters in your brain like dopamine. High levels of these transmitters make you more alertness and reduce stress.
Every food included here I see as a win-win. It tastes great and keeps my stress from skyrocketing. Find one here that you like, and if you hate all of these, try another high in protein foods like eggs or fish!
It turns out you can stress eat without the consequences, and even with some benefits:)
Let me know in the comments how you like these!