We live in a stress fueled world. We all have deadlines, responsibilities and numerous directions we are pulled in constantly.
Stress is listed as a precipitating factor for so many chronic disease conditions so it makes sense that minimising those feelings and their impacts on our bodies should be a priority. Meditation, mindfullness, yoga, gentle exercise, having a chat, practicing gratitude are all great coping tools. But did you know that the active constituents of certain foods can also have a calming effect on your body?
Well they can. So the next time you feel that tension rising, take a break, hopefully engage in one of the above stress reduction techniques and tuck into a snack of some of the following:
10 Stress-Busting Foods
1. BERRIES - high in antioxidants and Vitamin C.
During times of stress our body utilises more Vitamin C than usual leading to lowered immunity. Vitamin C has also been shown to assist with lowering blood pressure and cortisol (stress hormone) levels...
Eating organic is expensive particularly if you have a young family, or it can be. But there are some great ways to cut costs.
🌸 NFP Local Organic Food Co-ops
My personal favourite. I order a $37 box on Fridays and on Monday afternoons I pop along and collect my large seasonal box of fruit and veges. It is always jam packed with produce and as the co-op accesses wholesale rates it's cheaper than buying conventional food from the super market ! I quite like having a mix of things each week and make my recipes from there (as with last week I have a freezer stocked full of protein options) which means i access lower costs from eating seasonally and get a broad range of fruits and veges rather than sticking to my faves.
Another good option for more budget friendly pricing. Scattered throughout Australia these are a great way to get local fresh quality produce direct from the farmer (supporting small business for the win!)
In Cairns / FNQ - We have the convenient Rustys market...