Eat Smart

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Our RD an­swers your ques­tions on diet, nutri­tion and per­for­mance.

My New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is to re­duce stress. Are there any foods I can eat to help with this? Yes, cer­tain foods can ab­so­lutely help you keep calm and carry on, such as a bowl of warm oat­meal or a hearty veg­gie-bean chili. As your body di­gests the com­plex carbs in these foods, the level of tryp­to­phan (which con­verts to sero­tonin) in your blood rises, lead­ing to feel­ings of re­lax­ation and hap­pi­ness.

Citrus fruits and vi­ta­m­inC-rich pro­duce such as red bell pep­pers and berries also can work in your fa­vor: In one study, peo­ple who took vi­ta­min C be­fore a stress­ful task ex­pe­ri­enced a quicker re­turn to nor­mal of their cor­ti­sol and blood pres­sure. And make sure you’re get­ting plenty of mag­ne­sium, which may help re­duce anx­i­ety. Eat plenty of al­monds, spinach, av­o­cado, ba­nanas, beans and even a square of dark choco­late.

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