To keep your stress levels in check, start with a great offense by consuming small, frequent meals. Then amp up your defense by following three key principles.
Carbs get broken down into sugar, so avoid binging on carb-heavy foods like candy and chips. Try to maintain a balance of protein, fats and carbs, so if you’re snacking on pretzels, add a spoonful of peanut butter.
The neurotransmitters that regulate mood and stress levels are generated by two B vitamins: B9, found in leafy greens and fortified foods; and B12, found in lean animal meat and eggs.
The healthy fatty acids found in salmon and walnuts help control stress hormone levels.
Brigid Titgemeier contributed to this article.