You’ve heard me say before that what we eat can impact our mood. I recently sat down with mindbodygreen co-founder and co-CEO Jason Wachob and chatted about my new book, The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver’s Guide to Stress Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep. We talked about some of the best foods to eat when you’re stressed and how to deal with stress-induced food cravings. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Fish: Oily fish like salmon, sardines, trout, and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, and provide numerous mental health benefits.
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, are high in fiber and help fight inflammation, and if fresh berries aren’t in season, frozen berries offer all the same benefits.
- Fermented foods: Plain yogurt, kefir, tempeh, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut are some of my favorite fermented foods. The probiotic bacteria found in these foods aid in digestion and have been shown to also support physical and mental wellbeing in numerous ways.
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