Stress-free cooking and eating

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Stress-free cooking and eating

This post is for those who are particularly anxious about life in general. Thanks to high anxiety, these folks also stress in the kitchen, never quite being able to make up their minds what to cook from one day to the next. Cooking and eating-wise, this post is for folks who suffer from chronically high levels of stress and those who have been diagnosed with clinical depression. And this post is for everyone else who generally and unnecessarily worry too much about everything in life.

The foods are listed randomly but divided into two categories; anti-stress and anti-depression. You can cross-pollinate these foods, if you will, because what’s good for the goose is equally good for the gander. Before going any further with these lists, here are two tips for those who suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. It is particularly relevant to those who suffer acutely from depression.

Those folks who suffer from depression generally find it extremely difficult to get up in the morning, no matter how urgent the tasks ahead of them are. Once up, they also tend to procrastinate for inordinately and unhealthily long periods of time, making it worse for them as they delay the inevitable; such as cooking the evening family meal.

Folks, the very act (and art) of cooking is a natural and creative stress buster. While you put on your apron, put on some light music too to while away the time spent in the kitchen. You’ll soon see how quickly time – and not life – passes you by. Doing natural but enjoyable things does that.

In no random order, here are just some of the foods that help reduce stress – Oranges, berries and avocados (fruits), asparagus and garlic (vegetables), cashew nuts, oatmeal and chamomile and green tea.
Here are the anti-depression foods – Apricots, peaches, oranges and strawberries (fruits), carrots, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, beans and peas (all vegetables), nuts, soy, whole-grain pasta and brown rice.

Have you noticed something unusual about this list? Not deliberately, but we haven’t included any red or white meat, not even fish. But we’re not suggesting that you go vegan either. You can read and research what’s good for you in terms of relieving tension and reducing stress if you are particularly fond of meat. It goes without saying that greasy burgers with French fries and sodas are out.

We’re going to leave you with a few tips on how to utilize these foods to your advantage. We’ll work our way down from the top. No more sodas for you, particularly if you are a highly strung or anxious person. Instead, get yourself a great juicer and squeeze out a pocketful of oranges. No ice cream for you either. Instead, indulge yourself with organic and fat-free yogurt and your favorite berries.

A small portion of skinless chicken or grilled or baked fish will go really well with a generous cold salad sprinkled with a little grated garlic and olive oil. Instead of snacking on crisps, supplement your hunger pangs with nuts and dried fruit.

Finally, ditch coffee binges for good and replace your caffeine addiction with the teas suggested here. You could also try red bush tea if you want. And one last tip before we go; drink plenty of filtered water to help both body and mind cleanse itself naturally.

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