Anxiety can be extremely difficult to deal with. Many people struggle with anxiety at some point during their lifetime. Please remember if you are struggling with anxiety to see your doctor. As always, also speak to your doctor before starting any new diet or food plan.
Luckily, anxiety can often be controlled with food. You may notice your anxiety gets worse when you eat junk food and you feel better when you fill your plate with nutritious foods. Here are some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet to help ease anxiety in a sample daily diet that you can try right away:
For breakfast, start with some tea instead of caffeine. Lots of caffeine, often found in coffee or other sugary breakfast drinks, can make anxiety worse. For breakfast food, try a fruit smoothie or oatmeal. Add yogurt and frozen berries to your smoothie to get all the anti-anxiety benefits. If you need more sustenance, add protein powder to your smoothie to help fill you up.
For lunch, try a salad. Start with lettuce or spinach. Add a protein like chicken or salmon, then add a healthy fat like avocados or almonds. Then add all the vegetables that you like and a healthy oil-based dressing.
If you need a snack in the afternoon, snack on walnuts. When dinnertime rolls around, cook up some salmon. Fatty fish like salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce anxiety. Add more greens or vegetables on the side. If you need another side, make some rice to go along with it.
If you need some dessert, grab some dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is healthier than its sugary friends’ milk and white chocolate. It also contains antioxidants that have been said to reduce anxiety. During the entire day, make sure you are staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. Feeling dehydrated can cause anxiety symptoms too.
Remember that what you eat and how you treat your body can be very powerful. If you don’t treat your body well, you may have negative feelings like anxiety. If you nourish your body, some of those feelings should subside. Remember to also eat regularly so your blood sugar doesn’t go up and down, which can cause anxious feelings.
Did you realize what you ate in a day is so closely related to anxiety? Do you suffer from anxiety? What is your current diet like?
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