Holidays are one of the most special— and stressful— times of year. The magic of the holidays is all too often coupled with anxiety, sleep deprivation, and a struggle to meet work and family obligations.
The next time you feel holiday stress creep up, eat your way calm by incorporating these seven foods in your diet:
Comfort foods with complex carbohydrates, like a bowl of warm oatmeal, can boost levels of serotonin, a feel-good hormone that helps you relax. When you have the time, go for the thick-cut, old fashioned (steel-cut) oats that require cooking instead of instant oatmeal — coarse oats are higher in fiber and minimally processed so they take longer to digest, a definite advantage for regulating mood. For added staying power, add some protein like chopped nuts, chia seeds, or a tablespoon of nut butter.
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