They say you are what you eat, but that’s not entirely true. Otherwise, I’d be an avocado and also a tortilla chip.
But there are foods that contain compounds that make us feel good in body and mind. So here are a few of them!
Apart from the idea that hipsters have ruined avocados with avo on toast and sticking them into our green smoothies (GUILTY), there are reasons we love avocados so much.
- VITAMIN C
- VITAMIN K
- VITAMIN B6
- VITAMIN E
- HEART-HEALTHY MONOUNSATURATED FATS (i.e. the GOOD fats to reduce inflammation)
- FIBRE (keeps us regular, weight maintenance, reduces spikes in blood sugar)
- LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
- ANTIOXIDANTS (helps your eyesight, keeps us looking fresh as daisies)
- IS DELICIOUS AND CREAMY.
More on avos here.
This is another ingredient I LOVE having in my green juice in the morning. As well as having antioxidants and those omega-3 essential fatty acids, flaxseed also contains fibre, so it’s a perfect accompaniment to that avo.
Speaking of those omega-3s, let’s talk about salmon. It’s delicious, it’s good for your brain, it has Vitamin D, and has been known to help reduce anxiety. You’re welcome!
Another inflammation-reducing foodstuff is that good gold, turmeric. So the component of turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and can also reduce oxidative stress. Have it in a latte, if you’re posh, or do as I do, and add turmeric into EVERY SINGLE MEAL. Living that dhal life, baby.
Vitamin E is a goddess-send for those of us with anxiety disorders. Mix some nuts into your daily diet to get the good stuff. I love putting almonds into warm rice dishes – adds a crunch and some protein if you’re not in the moof for animal products.
A word on caffeine
I am never going to tell you to ditch caffeine. I may be a Boss Witch, but I also have a caffeine addiction and it comes in the form of 2 lattes and at least 2 cans of diet cola a day. I know. It’s poison. I’m working on that.
BUT it is known that caffeine can add to anxiety, so if you can, think about maybe just reducing it a smidge. For example, switching to green tea from one of your regular coffee hits – you still get the caffeine, but green tea also contains theanine, which may ease anxiety and stress.
In the next couple of weeks I’m also going to do something on aromatherapy for beginners. I’ve found such solace from anxiety, migraines and depression just by using aromatherapy in conjunction with meditation and medication, so I’d love to share.
Namaste, and happy eating…