Are you feeling overwhelmed? Let’s face it in today’s fast paced lifestyle it can be easy to become overworked and stressed out. No matter what you do in life and no matter what stage of life you find yourself in, stress is unavoidable. Does that mean we are destined to be plagued by frequent anxiety or panic attacks? Of course not! There are a variety of ways we can naturally lower and deal with our stress levels. At the end of the day we may not have control over what happens to us, however, we have complete control over how we choose to deal with the obstacles life throws at us. The best way to take on these obstacles is with a number of tools at our disposal. We are all unique in our own ways, which means we all respond differently to the same situations. With that in mind, it is important to remember that each situation itself is unique and the techniques or tools that worked in the past may not be as effective in the future.

What can Help Reduce Stress?

While there are a variety of tools and techniques you can implement to reduce your stress naturally such as: aroma therapy, meditation, exercise, coloring, music, and so much more. One of the best techniques I have seen for stress reduction is through nutrition. I know, I bring it up all the time. However, the human body was designed to naturally fix and balance itself out. Why does it seem like it’s not doing that properly? The mass majority of the time this is due to the fact that we are not providing the body with the materials it needs to fix itself. With nutrition we can ensure our bodies get the ingredients they need to perform the desired task. There are a variety of foods that can help naturally reduce our stress levels. For your convenience I have taken the time to pull together a couple of seasonal foods that do just that and I have even taken the time to prepare a quick and easy breakfast recipe to go with it.

Power Packed Foods!

You will find that a great deal of the stress reducing foods also happen to be anti-inflammatory foods as well. It makes sense when you stop to think about what happens to a hose with a kink in it. The pressure builds up until it bursts. Our bodies are similar in the fact that the stress acts like the pressure that is building up which also has a direct correlation to our blood pressure. This means that when the stress goes up so does the blood pressure. Some of the best stress reducing foods for this season are berries, almonds, and coconuts. While any berries will do for this post we are going to focus on the magical blackberry which has been used for thousands of years to aid in oral health. Blackberries are great for a number of purposes. For example, did you know they are great for weight loss, due to their high fiber and low sugar content? They help lower cholesterol, are anti-inflammatories, are a great source of folate, promote healthy skin and hair, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and mood disorders.

Stress Reduction Helpers!

Another food that is great for stress reduction is found in coconuts. Not only do they produce a natural antibiotic, they can also aid in weight loss, increase energy, boost brain function, and prevent depression. If that were not enough they also aid in regulating bowel movements, reduce risk of diabetes, improve cardiovascular health, strengthen bones, improve oral health, and aid in the regulation of blood sugars. There are other great nutritional options to reduce stress levels such as almonds. Almonds are great for aiding in digestive health, promoting weight loss, and boosting energy levels. They have also been known to support heart health, lower bad cholesterol, aid in regulation of blood sugars, improve brain power, great for skin and hair health, and strengthen bones. By now I am sure you are ready to put these foods to work for you. Here is a quick and easy breakfast that will do just that.

Blackberry Lemon Quinoa Cereal (Serves 1)
Gluten free VeganBreakfast quinoa porridge with fresh fruits in a bowl

-1 tsp Maple Syrup
-1 tsp Lemon Juice
-1 Pinch Sea Salt
-¼ Cup Coconut Milk
-½ Cup Quinoa cooked
-½ Cup Blackberries
-½ tsp Cinnamon Ground
-1 TBSP Almonds Sliced

Combine all ingredients except berries and almonds. Mix well and top with nuts and berries. *For added flavor I cook my Quinoa in half water and half apple juice

Life is hard enough, hopefully, this recipe and information will help make it a little easier. Be sure to check the Best Holistic Life often for more great ways to make your life easier. If you are interested in working with me or would just like to chat about your current health questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out.