Eat a Low-Stress Diet: Foods that Promote a Relaxed State of Mind

Do you make poor eating choices when you’re busy or stressed? We all do! But you don’t have to. Do any of these culprits sound familiar? Grabbing packaged foods on the go … giving in to cravings… forgetting to eat… skipping meals…

The food choices we make are directly related to how we look and feel. But here’s the good news – eating healthy does not have to be time consuming. You’re never too busy for good nutrition!

Do you want more energy… better focus … stronger immunity … lower stress … better mood? Try some of these simple tips for getting good nutrition and maintaining a more healthy diet, even when you’re busy.

After a few weeks, they’ll become habit and you won’t even have to think about good nutrition. And your body—not to mention your stress level—will feel the difference!

  1. Eat Regularly to maintain blood sugar levels. This will avoid energy crashes and support effective functioning of your body and mind. When you rationalize that you’re not hungry, that you don’t have time to eat, or that the milk in your latte is all the nutrition you need, you are setting yourself up for poor food decisions later. You are robbing your body of the calories, vitamins, and minerals it needs to do its job. And once you go so long without food that you’re physiologically hungry, you are likely to make poor food choices to quickly satisfy the hunger.
  2. You can easily grab a cold-pressed juice, hard-boiled egg, banana, or clean protein bar in between meetings or on the way out the door, right?
  3. Eat stress-busting foods like avocados, nuts, bananas, and leafy greens;
  4. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines; complex carbs like oats, sweet potatoes, and quinoa; and Vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries, oranges, and grapefruits.
  5. Hydrate. No, really! Simply drinking more water, herbal tea, and raw juices will boost your mood, energy, and sleep, and improve stress levels. Aim for half your body weight in ounces. For a 150 lb adult, that’s the equivalent of 1 liter of water, 1 quart of raw juice, and 1 cup of herbal tea. Doesn’t it sound so much more doable when you map out a plan like that?
  6. Plan for your cravings. Do you crave carbs in the afternoon and/or sweets in the evening? You know your body – and your mind, so take away the element of “surprise!” If you have a nightly sweets craving, stock up on stevia-sweetened dark chocolate, or pre-make a big batch of a healthy treat like almond butter date balls so you can grab one out of the freezer instead of diving into a pint of ice cream.
  7. Try some of the juice barn’s nutrient-packed snacks and meals to save you time and keep you energized on the go.

In addition to protein-packed smoothies and vitamin-rich juices, did you know we have:

  • Low-sugar and no sugar snack bars and energy bites
  • Overnight oats
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Avocado toast
  • Bone broth lattes
  • Grass-fed beef and turkey jerky
  • Salads
  • Soups

In honor of Stress Awareness Month this April, you can blast stress with good nutrition by committing to eating a low stress diet. You’ll feel the difference in your body and your mind!

Just remember to tell yourself that you’re never too busy for good nutrition. Try out one of these simple tips next time your mind tries to tell you otherwise!