Oops…Here’s an example of a stress-reducing diet

Oops. I forgot to include an example of a stress-free diet in my post re: reducing stress with foods.

Putting Together Your Diet Plan

Planning your meals wisely is key to not only staying physically fit and healthy, but also to staying mentally strong and being able to best manage your levels of stress. Knowing which foods to avoid and which are the best to reach for to snack on when you’re feeling worried and anxious is important to helping you get control over your emotions and fears.

When you’re feeling stressed, you may be tempted to reach for classic ‘comfort foods’ – usually foods which are laden with sugar, very starchy, or greasy. However, although these foods can make you feel momentarily better, they will actually make you feel worse in the long run.

Having stress-busting snacks such as fresh berries, dark chocolate, yogurt, walnuts or pistachios, or even a fruit smoothie with avocado and leafy greens in it can help you to feel better in both the short and long term when it comes to stress. When it comes to combating and dealing with stress in the long run, it’s important to make sure that for the most part, you are eating a diet which is healthy and balanced.

In order to stay on track, it’s a good idea to make a meal plan for your week and plan ahead to make sure that you have a good selection of these stress-busting foods in your kitchen to make meals and snacks from when you’re feeling like stress-eating. Making sure that the majority of your meals include foods such as lean proteins and leafy green vegetables will not only make you feel healthier overall, but can improve your mental health and stress levels, too.

A good example of a healthy, stress-busting menu would be:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries or a fruit smoothie with avocado and berries

Mid-morning snack: Natural yogurt with fruit or a handful of pistachio nuts

Lunch: A whole-grain pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens

Afternoon snack: Dark chocolate

Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables

Before bed: Chamomile tea

Of course, you don’t need to stick to this menu – but it gives you a good idea! Change it up by replacing grass-fed beef with organic chicken. Remember to exercise good portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocado! As the saying goes, you are what you eat – so make sure that first and foremost, you’re filling yourself up with foods which are good for your mental health.

Namaste,

Shaline

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My name is Shaline Miller. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate, author, Raw Food Educator, and Certified NLP Practitioner. I am a Santa Ana Digestive Health Examiner at http://www.examiner.com, and a featured health blogger for http://www.modernmom.com.

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I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management from California State University Long Beach. I worked in aerospace for seven years then become a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. I divorced after 16 years of marriage and re-entered the work force. I worked temporary jobs before landing a position as an Assistant Property Manager. I worked in commercial real estate/property management for three years before becoming one of the “unemployed” statistics. This led me to pursue my passion: nutrition and helping people get healthy as well as myself. It is my health issues with acid reflux that led me to study holistic nutrition and become a health lifestyle coach. I took several acid reflux medications but found that none of them alleviated my acid reflux. One day, I decided that I needed to stop taking the medication and make some changes. I naturally alleviated my acid reflux symptoms by changing my diet and making lifestyle changes.

I received my Professional Nutrition, Diet, and Health Certificate from Ashworth College and am a member of the International Honor Society Delta Epsilon Tau having graduated with honors.

Health Coaching is my passion and I hope my blog is a source of information and inspiration!