You may be thinking what the heck is an anti-anxiety diet…have you ever heard of such a thing?! I have recently added a specialty to my practice, which is to help anyone suffering with anxiety through nutrition. I have found there is such a need for this now and days. Life is so crazy, and there is barely any time in the day to just sit down and relax, and so many people are anxious 24/7. I have returned to school to study Psychology, and I have found this to be an incredible addition to my Nutrition practice. As someone who has suffered with anxiety for nearly my entire life, I not only have personal experience with how food effects your mood, but I have professional experience through my nutrition education, and now my psychology education. So let’s get talking about this anti-anxiety diet!
Have you ever wondered if nutrition plays a part in your mental health, or if what you eat plays a role in anxiety? As a Holistic Nutritionist I am here to tell you that YES it definitely does. What we put into our bodies impacts nearly every process in our bodies, including our brains. Remember that brain gut connection blog post? Well this is quite similar in the sense that food truly does impact your brain.
You have 2 options when it comes to food. You can eat foods that are going to help to ease anxiety, and promote overall health, or you can eat foods that are going to fuel your anxiety cause you to feel super on edge, unable to focus, and all around irritable while also harming your overall health. This is just an introduction to my blog posts on how nutrition and anxiety are related, so I am going to share with you a list of foods you can add to your diet that you can enjoy to help to ease anxiety. Healthy eating can help to balance hormone levels, which can in turn help to reduce anxiety, and lead to overall balance.
Enjoy these foods to ease anxiety:
- High fiber veggies
- Foods rich in tryptophan: Oats, sesame seeds, beans, eggs, poultry, organic tofu
- Magnesium rich foods: Black beans, organic tofu, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, dark cocoa! (70% or higher)
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, flax seeds, walnuts
I hope you have a calm, and relaxing weekend!!