Add fermented foods to your daily food regime.
Naturally rich in probiotics, fermented foods contain healthy bacteria that help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
Consume foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, Keifer, kombucha, tempeh, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut daily.
Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
The omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, help regulate serotonin and dopamine levels, promoting healthy brain function. While the specific amount of omega-3 each individual needs varies, 1 to 2 g/day is a general recommendation.
Salmon, cod liver oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are excellent ways to boost your omega-3 intake.
Empower yourself with protein.
Starting your day with a high protein breakfast has been found to decrease overeating and snacking later in the day. Ensuring your meals and snacks are rich in protein can help you stay full longer, stabilize blood sugar levels, and prevent overeating.
Begin your day with eggs and oatmeal for a protein and fiber-rich breakfast! Boost your protein from plant sources such as beans and nuts.
Soak up vitamin D.
Research continues to show that time in nature can improve one's mood and decrease stress and anxiety. According to the Journal of Affective Disorders, being deficient in vitamin D can amplify existing mood disorders.
Spend at least 15 - 30 minutes a day soaking up fresh air and sunshine. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, you may benefit from more time outdoors.
Magnify your magnesium intake.
Did you know that magnesium is one of the seven essential macrominerals involved in more than 600 reactions in your body? The average adult needs approximately 300 - 400 mg of magnesium a day, and yet many people are not meeting this requirement! While more research is still required, magnesium may help decrease anxiety and other mood disorders.
Delight yourself with foods rich in magnesium such as dark chocolate, leafy greens, avocados, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
Limit caffeine and alcohol intake.
While caffeine is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant, both can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. If you're experiencing a heightened state of emotional distress, limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Discuss with your healthcare provider if your caffeine and alcohol intake could be increasing your feelings of stress and anxiety. Replace caffeine and alcohol with herbal caffeine-free tea, mocktails, or your favorite sparkling water.
Calm down with chamomile.
Chamomile is a herb associated with naturally helping the body relax, resulting in reduced anxiety and inducing sleep.
End your day by sipping on chamomile tea. If you are not a tea drinker, there are chamomile supplements. Always talk with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
4- 6-ounce Salmon Steaks
Pinch of salt
Black pepper to taste
1 lemon, sliced
1 bunch fresh basil (optional)
3 tablespoons capers
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place salmon on a sheet pan, skin-side-down, and season with salt and pepper. Top salmon with lemon slices, basil, and capers. Bake for 15 minutes.
Nutrition Information: 360 calories, 23 gm fat, 290 mg sodium, 1 gm carbohydrate, 35 gm protein