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.
Dump simple carbs
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.
Load up on B Vitamins
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.
Get omega-3s on your team
The healthy fatty acids found in salmon and walnuts help control stress hormone levels.
Brigid Titgemeier contributed to this article.