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FOOD & NUTRITION BLOG
We’ve all been there. We reach a point as students where we are so overwhelmed and overburdened with all the work, studying, and daily responsibilities that we sometimes just feel like spontaneously combusting. Don’t get me wrong- a healthy amount of stress is good. In fact, I know some people who need the stress of deadlines to actually have the motivation to get to work! However, when stress becomes a trigger for anxiety attacks or long periods of depression, then we’ve got to take the time to find out the source of our stress and face it head on.
Often times, food becomes a comfort to us when we feel like everything is outside of our control. With most disordered eating, we either eat too much (usually reaching for unhealthy foods late at night) or we starve ourselves and refuse to eat because we are too stressed. Both of these scenarios are clearly unhealthy and are abusing the purpose of food. Foods can be healing and that’s why I believe putting the “good” stuff into your body will help you in the long run.
Here are a list of foods and nutrients that can help you fight off feelings of stress, anxiety and depression:
Herbal teas have long been used to treat depression and anxiety. Chamomile in particular is easily found in most grocery stores and relieves stress-induced disorders like insomnia and gastrointestinal problems.
You can find out more stress-relieving foods on the links below!
Just remember that stress is temporary and not all stress is bad! Stay positive and eat well.
1. Kaiser Permanente Fight Stress and Depression LINK
2. UCLA - Eat right, Drink Well, Stress Less LINK
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