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Deliciously Destress: Stress-Reducing Nutrition

Stress-Reducing-NutritionAll coaches must understand stress management and how it’s connected to personal success, sports performance, fulfilling relationships and optimal health.

One of the most beneficial ways to reduce stress and nourish the soul is by consuming stress-busting foods. Food is our most natural form of medicine. What better way to relieve stress than to indulge in a food that can potentially bring about a positive shift in mood.

Encourage your clients to consume more of these nutrients to boost their mood, reduce stress, and fuel the body and mind.

Dark Chocolate 

Yes, you heard that right. Chocolate can be good for you! The key is choosing the dark version, which is strongly linked to improving mood when consumed in moderation. Dark chocolate is jammed with polyphenols and flavanols – both of which can improve mood and lower blood pressure.

Avocado

Avocados are not only super high in MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids), they are full of lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E and folate. You can consider avocados a powerhouse of nutrient density.

Berries

Besides being nature’s candy, berries are full of antioxidants and vitamins to help combat free radical damage. Vitamin C has been shown to help lower blood pressure and cortisol (a stress hormone).

Cashews

These golden nuggets pack a punch with protein and healthy fats. They also contain zinc, which in low levels has been linked to depression and anxiety.

Salmon

Stress amps up certain hormones as part of our fight or flight nervous system response. As a result, inflammation can set it. Salmon contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory by nature.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has long been celebrated as a calming plant. Steep some chamomile tea before bed and enjoy the relaxing effects of this seemingly magical substance.

Yogurt

More research continues to be published related to stomach and gut-health. Stress impacts every system in our body and most notably, the stomach. Incorporating a serving of yogurt each day may help support the gut bacteria balance and combat stress at the same time.

If you want to help clients with food, diet, weight management and improving the results of their fitness routines, the Fitness Nutrition Coach course is for you. You will learn about optimal nutrition, including proven techniques for increasing energy, optimal health and decreased dependence on medications. Instantly increase your job and career opportunities with this popular professional credential.

Also, our Stress Management coaching program is designed for life coaches, as well as fitness and wellness professionals who want to expand his or her knowledge in the lucrative and expanding field.

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