Choose oatmeal over white bread
Not all carbs are bad for you. In fact, carbs are good for your body and brain and are needed by the body just like any other nutrient. Carbs help us make the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. But not all carbs are created equal. Thus, one must choose wisely. Whole grains (like oatmeal) have fibre that is digested slowly and thus does not lead to sugar spike, unlike simple carbs.
Choose salmon instead of sausage
It’s important to choose the right protein for your overall health and to keep your stress levels in check. Salmon contains omega-3 fats, which helps reduce anxiety, as per research. Processed meats like sausages have preservatives and too much sodium, which can increase your blood pressure. Reduce your consumption of processed meat and have fish twice a week to manage your stress levels.
Choose nuts over a granola bar
The packaged granola bar in the market is full of sugar. On the other hand, nuts have healthy fibre, fat and protein, which means you won’t feel hungry too soon. Nuts are also rich in B vitamins, which get depleted when one is stressed. Potassium in nuts helps in keeping your blood pressure in range.
Choose dark chocolate over candies
Most of us keep some candies on our work desks and in our bedside drawers. We reach out for these sugary candies when we are stressed, but this can backfire due to the blood sugar swing caused by sugar. As per studies, dark chocolate helps reduce stress and thus is a perfect swap for those gummy sugary candies. Choose the chocolate with 70 per cent cocoa.
Choose herbal tea over Coffee
Choose herbal tea over Coffee. It has been observed that tea drinkers have a lower level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Herbal teas are caffeine-free. Caffeine can trigger anxiety and interfere with sleep. So, a cup of herbal surely will make you feel better if you are stressed.
Choose yoghurt over cheese
Yoghurt is a better choice than cheese as it is rich in probiotics and good for your gut bacteria. You will be surprised to know that 50 per cent of the dopamine and 95 per cent of the serotonin (mood-boosting chemicals) are produced in your gut. Other common sources of probiotics include kimchi, kombucha and kimchi.