Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stressed Out? Eat Healthy

I just came across this a great article on www.sucralose.org that discusses "soothing foods" in times of stress. I have a confession: I'm a total stress eater. When I get overwhelmed or emotional, I reach for that chocolate bar or bag of salty chips rather than some carrot sticks. It's a habit I've struggled with for many years. And apparently I'm not alone, since studies show people crave rich, high-calorie foods when stress is unrelenting, hence the term "comfort food."

Here are a healthy food tips to help stave off the stress. For a longer list, you'll just have to read the article!

Go nuts with almonds - A good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and E, almonds also contain magnesium and zinc. The B vitamins and magnesium are involved in the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and relieve stress, while vitamin E is an antioxidant that bolsters the immune system.

Grab a green, leafy veggie – Broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress. Many vegetables also contain potassium, which can be calming on the nerves.

Opt for whole grains - Whole grains including bulgur wheat, quinoa, wheat pasta, oats and brown rice, contain plenty of B vitamins and healthy fiber. They also supply complex carbohydrates that do not spike blood sugar levels in the same way that simple carbohydrates can.

Milk does a body good – Low-fat or skim milk is very high in calcium and B vitamins, which help to build bones and protect nerve health. In addition, milk contains protein, which stabilizes blood sugar.

Beat the blues with berries – Blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which are potent stress busters. As an added bonus, they're high in fiber and low in calories.

Your diet plays a crucial role in your overall well-being. In addition to incorporating these stress-fighting foods into your diet, sugar-free products sweetened with sucralose allow consumers to enjoy their favorite desserts and meals without worrying about the additional calories. For example, choosing sugar-free chocolate will save you 50 calories a day – or five pounds – by year’s end.

Good advice! I'm certainly willing to give it a shot.

More information about recipes with a sugar substitute.

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