Destress with the right food. Here’s how…
Food to beat stress
We all react to stress in different ways, but there is mounting evidence that says stress leads to chronic diseases and weight issues. According to dietician Jasleen Kaur, founder of Just Diet, “Stress is omnipresent, whether it is a deadline at work, peer pressure, or heavy traffic. When we let stress get the better of us, it hampers our immune system, the consequences of which can be high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers or depression. “Moreover, if a person is under a lot of stress, he/ she will binge eat and try to gain satisfaction from that, but ruin the body internally and gain weight too.”
Tulsi or peppermint tea: It helps balance the hormones, lowers stress and reduces anxiety. Carrot and tomato smoothie: Carrot and tomato are great sources of fibre which keep the body’s energy levels high and are also rich in antioxidants which lower stress. Iced papaya tea: Papaya is called the ‘fruit of angels’, rich in antioxidants called carotenoids. Blueberry smoothie: Blueberries improve our response to fight stress. Ginger nimbu pani: Ginger contains antioxidants called gingerol which helps cleanse the harmful chemicals produced by our body at the time of stress. Chamomile tea: Releases tension and helps calm down stress.
FOOD TO INCLUDE
When our body is under stress, the demand for nutrients is more as the key nutrients are burned up. Intake of food rich in antioxidants and bio flavonoids like dry fruits, vegetables, blueberry, fish,
MEAL PLAN FOR A DAY
Morning: Ginger tea. Breakfast: Poha/ vegetable sandwich. Noon: Fruits or blueberry smoothie. Lunch: Spinach or cabbage with roti and curd. Evening: Iced papaya tea or masala chaas. Dinner: Grilled panner/ grilled chicken/ fish with salad.
figs, curd, bananas, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli help fight stress by preventing free radical damage.
FOOD TO AVOID
Avoid food which is high in sugar and starch like pasta, pizza, cakes and processed food as they will provide only temporary relief to your stress. Have food rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruit, ginger, papaya etc. In dessert, fruit yoghurt is a very good option.