De-Stress With Food

By Nmami Agarwal     31-Jan 2019

De-Stress With Food

Do you often experience symptoms of uncalled stress and anxiety- like palpitations, nervousness, anguish, anger of frustration? Or do you constantly feel unhappy without any significant reasons? Well, you are not alone. There are many people in today’s world who experience bouts of stress and anxiety almost every day. And many of them are even dealing with it since many years.

One of the important relationships that you can establish with your food is positivity. There are many foods that are scientifically proven to relax your mind and bring about a state of total calmness. Get ready to ward off your daily stressors by incorporating these wonderful foods in your diet.

  • Avocados- Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B Vitamins. Vitamin B complex comprising of eight Vitamins, is essential for healthy nerve and brain cells. Feelings of stress and anxiety are also rooted down to a lack of Vitamin B in the diet. In fact, a depletion of Vitamin B6 is directly linked to hormonal imbalances and increased internal stressors. You can consume avocado seasoned with pinch salt and pepper, or you can add them to your scrambled eggs, or use avocado mash as a substitute of mayo, or put it into your soups or salads.
  • Walnuts- Owing to a great extent of Omega- 3 Fatty acids present in them, walnuts are excellent to munch on while you are stressed. Omega 3 Fatty acids have been proven through many researches to lower down the levels of cortisol which is the primary stress hormone in the body. Walnuts also contain melatonin, which is a hormone associated with regulation of sleep. Hypertensive people who often experience stress and elevation of blood cholesterol can be significantly benefitted by a regular consumption of walnuts every day. Walnuts are also rich in Vitamin E that may protect your brain cells and keeps your mind alert and responsive.
    You can simply much on a handful of walnuts every day, or you can add it to your breakfast cereal or incorporate it into your smoothies and salads.
  • Chamomile Tea- Chamomile is a type of herb that comes from a plant that bears daisy-like flowers. The flowers are sun-dried and are then consumed in the form of tea. Chamomile tea is free of caffeine, and works best for people opting for de-caffeinated teas. It contains an antioxidant called apigenin that helps in reducing insomnia also known as lack of sleep. A cup of chamomile tea also provides you with significant doses of serotonin, and melatonin- both of these hormones work by reducing the levels of stress hormone from the body and providing you with an instant relief. Chamomile tea is an excellent drink from those who often suffer from migraine headaches. The soft aroma of chamomile tea is really soothing to the brain and body cells, and it also aids in many other functions like- maintenance of blood glucose, reduction in inflammatory processes, and improvement of skin health. Best way to consume chamomile herb is in the form of infused tea.
  • Chia Seeds- Chia seeds are really excellent for de-stressing your body in the most natural way. These seeds are rich sources of Magnesium, which is an essential mineral to manage stress and depression. Many researchers believe that a wide spread prevalence of depression is because of Omega-3 Fatty Acid deficiency in the diet. Chia seeds contain high levels of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids, that prevents brain cells from the oxidative damage caused due to chronic stress. Chia seeds also contain tryptophan which is an amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin- also known as the “happy hormone”. Serotonin further induces calmness, relaxation and better sleep.
    You can consume overnight soaked chia seeds directly or you may add them to your breakfast porridge or to your healthy smoothie.

 

Over to you-

Stress doesn’t take you anywhere, not even an inch closer to the solutions you might be seeking, but it can play havoc on your body by disrupting many physiological functions. Stress is one of the major contributing factors to many diseases like- heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and depression. Next time whenever you are experiencing sudden bouts of anxiety or stress, just grab a cup of chamomile tea or put chia seeds to your smoothie or munch on walnut. Stay Happy & Healthy always!

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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of

coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple

sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value

Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally

occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric

acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

40 grams Goan rice flour

¼ fresh coconut

1 tablespoon Jaggery

1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut

Pinch of cardamom powder

Nuts (optional)

Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal

Carbs- 28.6 grams

Protein- 1.9 grams

Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert

Method

First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom

powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your

hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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Pinaca recipe is easy to make and come out with sweet results. So, make this nutritious recipe for

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Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera is an ingredient known to make your system clean. It is commonly used in Ayurveda for its innumerable health benefits. It’s high on alkaline properties- vital in balancing the PH levels of your hair which in return stimulates hair growth and strength.

Directions: Aloe vera can be both, consumed and applied so, you can have fresh and homemade aloe vera juice in the morning with lukewarm water. Also, its pulp can be directly applied to the scalp. Apply and leave it for 1-2 hours then rinse it with lukewarm water.

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Amla scientifically called Phyllanthus emblica or more commonly Indian gooseberry. It can be put to innumerable uses like in culinary, shampoos, hair oils and in ayurvedic medicines. This amla churna or powder can be put to many uses like it can be taken with water for wonderful results, make amla tea using this powder, add it to curries, or consume with lemon and honey.

Nutritional Values

Amla has high contents of ascorbic acid (vitamin-c) flavonoids, Ellagic acid and Gallic acid. It helps in reducing blood sugar level in the body. High in digestive fibre content. Prevents hair loss and greying of hair. Helps in curing sore throat and prevents constipation.

Ingredients

200 grams amla

Calories- 116 kcal
Carbs- 27.4 grams
Proteins- 1 gram
Fats- 0.2 gram

Methods

After through washing, cut and dry the amlas in direct sunlight for few days till they are completely dry.

After the juice is evaporated completely, transfer the dried amla in a grinder and blend it coarsely.

Sift the amla powder through a sieve to achieve smooth powder.

Voila! Your home made amla powder is ready.

Store this powder in an airtight container.

Use every day as needed.

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Amla powder lasts for up to 6 months, so your efforts in this recipe will last for long, providing you with storehouse of nutrients and taking care of your various problems.
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