It’s midterms, which means you’re probably ordering takeout at three in the morning while weeping over the study guide that you’ve been working on for ten hours and still haven't finished. A ton of people eat when they are stressed. Every time midterms and finals come around, I find myself anxiously going through bags and bags of popcorn while staring at the list of things I have to do to pass a class. Stress-eating is something we all do, especially during midterms. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid stress altogether. However, we can choose snacks that chemically combat stress. I’ve researched the warriors of the food world who can help you win your battle against stress, and all you have to do is eat them.
Avocados are known for having calming effects. No wonder why you’ve been non-stop thinking about Chipotle!
2. Sugary Foods
3. Complex Carbohydrate-Rich Foods
These foods raise serotonin levels and work to naturally relax you, so go heavy on the carbs, but make sure they aren’t so refined that they’re white! Go for whole grains like quinoa, oatmeal or plain-old whole wheat bread.
Nuts have magnesium which also helps with stress! They help your body make serotonin, which makes you happy. Make yourself a peanut butter sandwich on some whole wheat bread — you’ll calm down in no time.
5. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate (with a cocoa content of 70% or more) is the most endorphin-producing food on earth. It also has a chemical called anandamide, which mimics marijuana’s effects on the brain. This is your chance to legally de-stress!
6. Berries And Citrus
Berries and citrus, rich in vitamin C, help combat stress with their antioxidants. Grab yourself some fresh fruit and throw those chips away!
7. Warm Drinks
Any kind of warm drink, whether it’s tea or hot cocoa, raises your body temperature. Scientists have found that we associate hot drinks with comfort and our brains respond accordingly, so we naturally calm down when drinking them.
The next time you’re itching to munch your worries away, choose a snack that will actually do the job!
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