EAT TO BEAT STRESS
Under pressure? Eat a rainbow of fruit and veg such as peppers, squashes, spinach, tomatoes and apricots. Rich in folate, vitamin C and vitamin A, these foods will protect your immune system, which often takes the brunt of prolonged stress. You need vitamin C to make adrenaline, pumped out when you’re under pressure.
Don’t miss breakfast – it’s associated with improvements in memory, mood and attention. A breakfast of scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast can stabilise your blood sugar levels through the morning.
Invent healthier comfort foods. If particular foods soothe you, give them a makeover – for example, try a leaner-mince shepherd’s pie with sweet-potato topping, a fishfinger sandwich on wholegrain bread, or succulent mango instead of sugary dessert.
Have a nice cup of tea. This very British solution to a crisis does help us recover more quickly from stressful situations, shows research at University College London. Brew anyone?