7 Anxiety-Fighting Foods You Have to Try

Find out what to eat to quiet your stress and anxiety.

7 Anxiety-Fighting Foods You Have to Try

Whether you are chronically anxious or get hit with occasional bouts of stressful thoughts and feelings, your diet can offer some help. Certain ingredients have specific nutrients designed to make you feel better mentally, emotionally, and physically. Here are seven delicious, nutrient-rich foods designed to do just that. Please note, while these foods may help you feel better in conjunction with other forms of treatment such as medication and therapy, make sure to consult your physician before making any changes to your routine.

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Chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in iron, which is great for stress relief and overall wellness because symptoms of iron deficiency can include lightheadedness, poor appetite, racing heartbeat, and depression.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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