115 Ten Holiday Anti-Stress Foods and Mindset with Alexandra Jamieson
Hello, my Clan of the Crave Bears! At this time in our lives and in our country, many are struggling and experiencing heartbreak and division. Some are wounded and others are frustrated. This adds a tremendous amount of stress to our lives! And to top it all off, we are heading into the holidays, which adds another layer of stress as well. So that’s what today’s episode is about……how to manage the stress and food of the holidays.
Let’s start with food – we are bombarded with triggers around the holiday season. However, there are foods that can help reduce our stress and add calming support to our bodies and emotions. Here are 10 foods you should indulge in especially around the holidays. You’ll feel focused, calm and resilient!
10 Anti-Stress Foods for the Holidays:
- Water – stay hydrated
- Camomile – it’s calming and great in tea
- Sweet potatoes – calming on your stomach – roast a batch at once and store in fridge to make sweet potato pudding.
- Coconut oil/Coconut butter – fuel for the brain and helps to balance hormones
- Leafy greens – kale, bok choy, etc. Rich in folate and a great source of fiber
- Pumpkin seeds – great source of amino acids
- Raw sour kraut – supports your gut health and makes you feel better (all fermented foods have this effect)
- Smoked salmon or other wild caught fish – high in Omega 3’s and play a big role in your emotional health
- Dark chocolate – a mood elevator for most people (85% cocoa)
- Sunshine – in your eyes and on your skin helps your body produce serotonin and is a mood enhancer
Sweet Potato Pudding:
Peel cooked sweet potato
Put in food processor
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Blend until smooth and it’s delicious – you can add melted coconut oil to it too!
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Ways to Handle Holiday Stress:
- You can have food stressors because of the traditional holiday foods that family insists on cooking, but aren’t in alignment with your diet.
- You may feel that your desires are not validated by your spouse and could be stressed about the possibility of another fight or confrontation.
- When we decide to eat differently, it can be seen as an attack on someone else’s identity.
- Start the conversation about guidelines or rules for food well before the holiday begins.
- Verbalize the support you need from your spouse and family
- Don’t make it a big deal – strive to make it comfortable for everyone
Let’s talk about strength and boundaries:
- Emotions are running high and it may not be a great time to be around family that will not allow you to express what you are feeling. Seek support from like-minded friends.
- Pay attention to your emotions and feelings
- Show up and respect the feelings and emotions of others
- Explore your emotions with your friends
- Avoid media that preys on fear and insecurities
- Be vulnerable and honest about your fears and emotions