NEW YORK - How you feel can be directly related to what you eat.
Certain foods can reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and make you feel better. What
should you snack on before a big presentation? What should you serve when your
in-laws join you for dinner?
On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," registered dietician Cynthia Sass,
co-author of Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches," pointed to a
several foods to consider when you're on edge:
You're having a stressful day at the office. What should you have as a snack?
Reach for raw veggies with hummus and a glass of ice water as an afternoon
snack. Produce is loaded with water and chock full of vitamins, minerals, and
antioxidants that counter the effects of stress. In a British food and mood
study, over 70 percent of the participants reported that upping their water and
produce intakes improved their mood and 25 percent said that a few simple
dietary changes reduced both panic attacks and anxiety.
You have to make a presentation first thing in the morning. What can you do
right before that presentation?
Drink Tea. Enjoying tea leisurely doesn't just feel good; it's good for you. A
Japanese study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
conducted with over 40,000 people, found that levels of psychological stress
were 20 percent lower in those who drank at least five cups of green tea per day
compared to those who drank less than one cup per day. The results held true
even after accounting for factors such as age, sex, medical history, body mass
index, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and diet.
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