The Wellness LOWDOWN--Foods to relieve stress, anxiety and the blues.
We are finally are getting a small taste of the winter season here in the Southern Cal. As a Health & Wellness Coach I get approached by clients and friends asking me if I'm feeling tired, down and anxious lately with the change in weather. The answer, why yes I have felt that way and I know what to do about it! When I want to trade my Barre Class for a Nap, eat more foods that don't support me or feel stressed and overwhelmed in the winter time these are the habits I rely on to help me rejuvenate. Having lived in New York and San Francisco prior to moving back to my hometown of Manhattan Beach I got used the winter. I learned to thrive in it, but with such a big break of what seemed like 4 warm winters, this years cold rain is a shock to the system. So here are my top 4 suggestions on how to support your body when your feeling blue, tired, stressed or anxious whether its about the weather or not.
They may seem small, but just a handful packs a serious punch of antioxidants making them among other things a stress buster. Packed with vitamin C to help repair and protect cells. Rich in fiber and delicious. Freeze them for a cool berry snack or throw them on top of your oatmeal for a high nutrient boost.
High in rich monounsaturated fat and potassium, avocados have high levels of B vitamins which are important for healthy nerves and brain cells. It is said that that anxiety may be rooted in lack of vitamin B in the body so grab an avocado. Also a great plant based way to add hearty protein to your meal or snack. Try it mashed in the shell with some lime, salt and chopped grape tomatoes drizzled with a rich balsamic vinegar for a quick lunch or snack.
Jam Packed with beautiful omega-3 fatty acids which help keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when your tense Salmon is one of my favorite foods (my kids too we call it pink chicken). Salmon or any fatty fish also contains minerals like iodine and Vitamin D which are great for keep inflammation at bay and also keep your immune system strong during the flu season. I love the one I find at our local farmers market on Tuesdays.
Taking a Nice Mineral Salt Bath
Spend at least 20 minutes 3 times a week in a warm Salt bath and you will be amazed at the feeling of calm and peace you will receive. Salt baths encourage relaxation, reset physiology and regulates stress hormones. As well as allows your body to absorb minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and selenium directly into your system through your skin. I cant say enough about how much I have enjoyed this ritual for years now. Its always better on a cold winters day! You can find some brands I like on my website under shop at www.flourishwithcandice.com
Until next time keep flourishing!