Approaching your kitchen with caution is key when your mood heads south. Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers tips for what diet tweaks you should make to keep you in good spirits.
Eat your way through it … smartly. Certain key nutrients in foods can have an impact on your moods, says Cassetty. Try having whole-wheat pasta, which contains magnesium and may reduce stress responses in your body. Pair the pasta with salmon, which provides omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown these fish fats may help decrease anxiety symptoms. Round out your meal with a leafy green salad - like kale - or other fresh fruits and veggies that are full of vitamin C, which a 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition linked to lower levels of stress markers.
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