Eat right to restore your sanity, reduce your panic and quell your stress — you’ll look better as a result
You likely know someone like her: The woman who gains weight during periods of high stress; or, the girl who loses inches when she’s under pressure.
These women with stress — either type — eat (or rather, don’t) to help them cope with emotional demons and curses. It’s a normal reaction to feeling anxious or panic — typically called “stress eating.”
But a better approach is out there — and it’s even easy to adopt. According to nutritionist Lara Field, MS, RD, CPS, LSN, when it comes to women and stress management, your goal is simple: Eat a balanced, healthy diet — all the time — to help you remain calm, even-keeled and balanced, regardless of what life throws at you. Because, when you’re at ease, you look and feel better (from the inside out), there’s no doubt about that.
That’s why we’ve called in Field, who recommends following a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables that are filled with vitamins, fiber and petrochemicals (naturally occurring compounds that are found in plants which may affect health) 24 hours a day, seven days a week and even, gasp, 365 days a year.
In addition to the foods (and vitamins) that Field gushes over, she also suggests that we, as women, load up on flavonoids, like quercetin — found in apples — to reduce hay fever, asthma and even eczema; isoflavones, which are found in soy and can reduce cholesterol; and the antioxidant, rutin, which is found in red wine. “It’s all about balance and moderation, which will always keep you on your toes, and putting your best face forward.”