Chocolate milk is not the antidote for stress. The sugar and fat in chocolate releases feel-good hormones that send instant relief to our brain and make us feel better. But the truth is, the relief doesn’t last long because once the sugar crash comes we’re in a whirlwind of ups and downs until things level out and we find ourselves back where we started, still stressed but feeling a bit sick after all the milk chocolate.
So with this in mind Frida Harju, nutritionist at LifeSum provided the following information about what we should be eating during times of stress.
Here are the top choices:
Opt for complex carbs rather than simple carbs, this will not only make you feel fuller for longer but it will also provide the brain with serotonin and help to lower blood sugar. When you are stressed your blood sugar is high, so anything that helps to lower it is good. Complex carbohydrates like quinoa, brown rice or whole grains are good options. Quinoa is especially beneficial for sleep because it will help relax the muscles due to its high magnesium and protein content.
Almonds are rich in magnesium and tryptophan, helping to promote muscle relaxation and sleep. They also supply the body with protein, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Try replacing an unhealthy sugary dessert with natural yogurt, honey and almonds.