Stressed Out? Go Ahead and Go Nuts! These foods will blast stress before it happens.
Married folk know all about the mother-in-law who â€œonly wants to helpâ€?. Workers have seen the boss leave for a week, leaving them with tons of work. Some have had the head gasket on the car blow just before the rent comes due.
These are examples of stressful situations. It gives people heart attacks, strokes, weakens the immune system and makes illnesses worse. Stress can be fought, however, with the right ammunition. It wonâ€™ t make the mother-in-law go home sooner, but these foods will blast stress before it happens.
1. Steak and Eggs
A body under stress gets an abrupt adrenalin dump. This stimulates the â€œfight or flightâ€? reflex. The breathing becomes labored, and the blood pressure rises. A breakfast designed to prevent this would include red meat. It contains folic acid, which helps the brain produce serotonin-like substances called enkephalins. These act to calm the body in stressful situations. Shred fresh spinach into the eggs for an omelet that will fight stress as well.
2. Chocolate Muffins
Sure, banana nut muffins or bran muffins are better for you, but chocolate muffins are the best. Stress sufferers must only get them from a bakery. It will be a little more expensive, but the empty calories in processed muffins wonâ€™t kill the stress or make the body healthier. The stressed out body develops a headache, tight muscles in the neck and an inability to focus. Dark chocolate contains tryptophan, an amino acid used to produce serotonin. Serotonin calms a body under stress. Add a handful of nuts to the muffin, because nuts contain magnesium. Tight muscles will thank you.
3. Whole Grains
Turkey bacon and eggs on a whole wheat wrap, whole wheat waffles with pecans or chocolate chips and whole grain bread made into French toast all have one thing in common. They help the brain produce serotonin. When the body is stressed, anxiety and mood swings are a dead giveaway. Serotonin calms the mind and alleviates mood swings. Whole grains give the body complex carbohydrates, curbing hunger and creating energy. Anxiety get the body down. Add fruit preserves to the mix for antioxidant fighting power. Jellies and jams have no whole fruit and more sugar, so preserves are better for the body.
4. Oats and Whole Grain Cereals
Whole grains like steel cut oatmeal, quinoa and wheat bran have not been refined. The whole kernel contains fiber, which aids in the control of blood pressure. When a body is stressed, the blood pressure rises. Blood fights harder to get through narrowed channels into the body. Whole grain cereals donâ€™t have to be boring, though. Cut up some fresh fruit and sprinkle crushed nuts atop the cereal for an extra punch. Stir in almond or another nut butter for a more full feeling and extra energy. Use raw honey to sweeten the cereal instead of white or brown sugar.
5. Hash Brown Casserole
The jacket of the potato is where all the nutrition resides. Cooking the potato on high heat or peeling it destroys its goodness. However, the little guy is chock full of B vitamins, iron, potassium and folate. These are needed for the manufacture of the hormones that alerts people they are stressed in addition to the ones that make stress disappear. Shred four small to medium potatoes, skin and all. Chop 1 small onion and six bacon slices. Into an oiled baking dish, place these with Â˝ cup sour cream, one can cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese of choice and a little salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Afterwards, enjoy a stress-free day.
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