Stressful Eating

Do you have your list of foods you love to eat when you are stressed? They probably aren’t good for you, but they sure make you feel better. I love ice cream and chocolate covered pecans, and try to eat them in moderation.

We all know we should exercise to reduce stress but Nelson (2020) recommends six foods we should consume to decrease stress.

Eggs are not only source proteins but also offer tryptophan and vitamin B types, that work effectively in tension management. In this case, vitamin B lowers anxiety and depression symptoms while tryptophan improves your moods and sleep.

Milk contains vitamins D, which is responsible for enhancing happiness while also boosting satisfaction. Another main ingredient is lactic acid, which reduces stress by lowering blood pressure, bringing a calming effect.

Blueberries supply vitamin C; this lowers the adverse effects of stress-causing hormones. When you’re stressed, the stress hormone cortisol causes a reduction of vitamin C. Hence, your body needs a constant supply of vitamin C.

Oatmeal contains complex carbohydrates that are responsible for stimulating serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter located in the brain, which, when activated, lowers emotional conditions like stress, depression, and others.

Chamomile tea is ideal stress relief food is the flavonoid apigenin, a substance present in this tea that acts as a natural sedative for stress and anxiety management. This healthy food provides great pre-workout energy, helps in coping with menstrual pain, helps you sleep better, help soothe cold symptoms.

Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin, a compound useful in fighting anxiety and boosting brain health. Turmeric facilitates the processing of omega 3 acids in the body, which further works as anti-anxiety, antioxidant, and ant-inflammation.

Add these food items to your diet to assist with your stress, and do not forget some physical activity. Find an exercise you enjoy. There is no substitute for physical activity.

Just keeping you informed!


Nelson, K. (2020). Stress-Reducing Healthy Foods You Should Know, Retrieved from 6 Foods to Reduce Stress – Mother Earth Products

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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