4 Super Foods to Help Manage Stress

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4 Super Food to help Reduce StressStress linked to military life can wreak havoc on our hormones. Common symptoms include chronic fatigue, stubborn acne, persistent hunger, mood swings, memory loss, and/or irritable bowels. Military life requires constant adjustment.  To cope, we should try to understand how our bodies respond to change.

Recently I moved back to the States from an overseas tour. I left a wet, cool German climate in exchange for the hot, humid south. The extreme environmental shift, plus reverse culture shock, sent my body into freak-out mode. As a result, I’ve been experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above.

As I patiently wait for an appointment with my physician, I’ve started using a few natural remedies in an effort to balance my hormones. Using these four super foods, I’ve developed the perfect breakfast combination as I work toward a healthy system.

Dark Leafy Greens -- Raw plant-based foods provide us with phytonutrients.  According to WebMD, phytonutrients help our bodies function properly and fight against disease. Three to five servings daily can improve mood swings and memory loss. 

Fruit -- Adding fruit to the mix can help give you the natural fiber needed to clear your system. Kerri-Ann Jennings, associate nutrition editor of EatingWell magazine, states that the fiber in apples helps you feel fuller longer and in turn promotes weight loss.

Protein –- Pasture-raised eggs and quinoa are both high in omega-3 fatty acids, according to the George Mateljan Foundation. Omega-3 fatty acids fight against disease and act as natural anti-inflammatories. Incorporating both into your morning diet provide nutrition needed to fill you up and keep you full.

Apple Cider Vinegar –- Organic apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your entire body. Nutritionist and fitness expert Tosca Reno, recommends two tablespoons before each meal to help speed up digestion.  

By combining these ingredients, my daily routine starts with a boost of energy. A morning salad may be strange, but it’s delicious. Plus, the health benefits are worth every bite. Give it a try and then let me know your thoughts.

Breakfast Salad

Makes: 1 Serving

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup arugula salad
  • 1 apple
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBS shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1 cooked egg
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Note: Substitute 1 cup of quinoa for egg, if desired.

DIRECTIONS:

Put arugula in bowl. Slice apple into bite sized pieces and place on top of salad. Mix in apple cider vinegar.

Cook one egg in frying pan until desired hardness.

Put egg on salad mix. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and pepper to taste.