3 foods you should never eat when you’re stressed
Back away from the Pringles can and listen to us
So you had a shit day at work, you got Uber-jacked on the way back, your spanking new #travelgasm profile picture hasn’t gotten any likes in the past 3 hours and the one true friend you have right now is that monster-sized ice cream tub. We’ve all been there, we’ve all slept on a blanket of Pringles dust and dealt with the unwelcome junk food hangover the next morning.
Cut through the scientific mumbo-jumbo, and experts unanimously agree that the stress levels of the current generation are charting unprecedented heights. And that’s only set to escalate further.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed, holistic celebrity wellness consultant Prameet Kotak wants you to make smarter eating decisions to cope. Cacao instead of ice cream, wheatgrass shots instead of alcohol. You can do this.
Foods that reduce stress
Bring out the knife… and slice yourself a rich slice of cacao, the purest form of chocolate. “Cacao’s chromium content helps regulate blood sugar levels, and the magnesium content nourishes and relaxes the muscles,” explains Kotak.
Work in some Insta cred with this Jacqueline Fernandez-approved superfood. If you must knock back shots, make them wheatgrass to reduce physical stress and detox from within. Wheatgrass can often contain gluten though, which is why Kotak recommends getting yours from Superfit Asia as it packages frozen wheatgrass within 4 hours of collection before the formation of gluten.
If you aren’t in a place where you can scream into a pillow, get your feelings in check with a helping of green leafy vegetables as they produce dopamine, a pleasure-inducing chemical that promotes calmness.
Chomp down on a potassium-rich banana to regulate blood pressure and calm yourself from within. Bananas can also reduce heartburn and keep your blood sugar levels up.
Foods that increase stress
Tell the restaurant guy that you aren’t interested in a triple-plate of butter chicken with copious amounts of oil after all, put the phone back in the cradle and hear us out: Non-vegetarian food increases the inflammation that is already present in the body due to stress. See where we are going with this?
Processed white sugar finds a spot next to cocaine in Kotak’s book due its addictive powers. Ice cream, cupcakes and all the other guilty indulgences directly contribute to internal inflammation.
Before giving the bar your full and undivided attention, please remember that beer and its nefarious cousins are the worst form of temporary fix you can opt for. Once the high rolls off, your internal stress levels are doubled causing you to turn to the bottle again. And well, you know how that ends.