10 Foods that Help Relieve Stress

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Oatmeal
The complex carbs in oatmeal boost serotonin levels and help create a calming effect on the brain, according to Keri Glassman, R.D., author of "Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet: ... more 
Photo by: Shutterstock
Oatmeal
The complex carbs in oatmeal boost serotonin levels and help create a calming effect on the brain, according to Keri Glassman, R.D., author of "Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet: 365 Proven Food Strategies for Mind/Body Bliss." "This comfort food, which also has antioxidant properties, gives us a soothing feeling, which helps us prevent stress." less 
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Fri, Jan 25, 2013 9:10 AM EST
ThinkstockDonuts, cookies, chips-there's no denying that certain high-fat and high-sugar foods are the go-to ways to self-medicate when we're stressed. But the truth is, those same foods can send our feel-good hormones on a roller coaster ride and leave us feeling sluggish, depressed and worse than ever. So rather than reaching for junk food the next time you're feeling frazzled, do your mind and body a favor by going for complex carbs, healthy fats or lean proteins.



These 10 healthy options have all of the nutrients you need to fend off mental and physical stress and get back to a state of bliss.



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