I am big fan of food and I am very grateful to know that I can help decrease my stress hormone by eating the right kinds of foods. There’s a simple formula for decreasing stress with your diet: eating the right foods and eating often.

What to Eat to Decrease StressFoods for Stress

Dark green, leafy veggies are the best foods for combatting stress. Think: kale and spinach. The good news is that if you are not fully in love of kale and broccoli yet, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish, avocados and even dark chocolate will do the trick.

Research shows that foods that are naturally rich in B Vitamins and the mineral magnesium (i.e. all the foods listed above) will help us to healthfully mange stress, increase our resilience and optimize our physiology.

Eat Every Three Hours

Make sure to eat every 3 hours throughout the day. Eating often will help you maintain a balanced blood sugar—which is a great way to keep stress at bay.

We recommend eating 3 balanced meals and 2 snacks every day. Eat a handful of almonds mid-morning and a piece of dark chocolate in the afternoon; and pack your meals with protein and lots of veggies. Just make sure to avoid sugar and refined carbs at all costs.

In summary, you can decrease stress by eating the right foods. Eat dark green, leafy veggies, whole grains, seeds, fish and nuts for best results, and make sure to eat three balanced meals and two snacks each day.

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.