Decrease your anxiety by being more conscience of what you are eating. What we consume is what we become. Food is one of the most important investments we can make and simply avoiding foods that can contribute to anxiety can totally change your life.
Gratitude for food is important too and many of us take things like food for granite because we don’t have to go out hunt and gather or even prepare food anymore. No matter what you consume, give thanks, because you’re getting that energy. Keep consumption sacred. Understand where it came from and be grateful for it.
Foods Contributing to Anxiety
Most foods that contribute to anxiety can act as stimulants which, depending on your anxiety, you may want to avoid because they can increase stress or even cause a depressed mood. Other foods in this post have been directly contributed to depression, stress, and anxiety disorders.
Sugars and Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar can be a quick cure for the blues, but it’s only a limited comfort. Sugar has a strong association with depression, for people with regular mood swings, sugar and other simple carbs may do more harm than good. Simply eating sugar causes your brain to work at a suboptimal level, and artificial sweeteners can be even worse for your mental well-being.
- Ice cream
- Sweetened desserts
- Sweetened beverages
- Corn Syrup
Candy is one of the worst foods to eat when you’re fighting anxiety. As a carbohydrate sugar can calm us quickly, the problem with sugar is that it’s a simple carbohydrate made of just one or two sugar molecules, so it enters and leaves the bloodstream rapidly, causing us to, in effect, “crash.” Which is why it’s important to eat complex carbs to keep your body’s blood sugar stabilized. High blood sugar also lowers the levels of a protein that encourages the growth of neurons and synapses.
The simple act of eating sugar makes your brain work at a suboptimal level—and the more you do it, the greater your risk of depression and the greater your risk of diabetes and dementia, too. – 15 Foods That Make Your Depression or Anxiety Worse
Caffeinated Teas, Sodas, and Coffee
Studies have shown that caffeine benefits athletic performance, we know it’s helpful for mental sharpness, but there is a concern when consuming too much caffeine.
Caffeine has its perks, but it can pose problems too. Drinking tons of coffee or energy drinks to keep us going is no good. More than 500 mg a day can cause us to experience side effects like restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and irritability. Caffeinated drinks cause you to go to the bathroom more often, and actually contribute to your dehydration.
Caffeine has also been shown to suppress your brain’s serotonin levels, which normally create feelings of calm and well-being. Depression has been associated with low levels of serotonin, it plays a serious part in keeping your mood more regulated.
Caffeine can be a great tool but it’s a drug and it’s probably best to consume it in moderation like everything else. We have to sleep well if we expect to be in a positive mood but caffeine keeps us up which leads to less sleep and cause unease stress and anxiety.
Many of us deal with a stress-induced lack of sleep by turning to coffee, tea, and colas. Unfortunately, caffeine stays in our systems longer than many realize. Cutting back on caffeine can help with both sleeping problems and jitters. – How to Eat Right to Reduce Stress
Often people who experience stress and anxiety attempt to ease their feelings by drinking alcohol because it calms us down but alcohol does such a good job at this that it becomes a depressant. Depressing the working order of the central nervous system. Alcohol abuse can contribute to anxiety and anxiety can contribute to alcohol abuse. A glass of booze will calm your anxious mind in the short term but can backfire over time.
Drinking alcohol can cause three things you want to avoid if you are anxious. Sleep problems, blood sugar swings and dehydration, it’s important to stay hydrated, water is the most important substance we consume to sustain our bodies. Again, if you are going to drink alcohol, it best to be moderate about it. If you are a heavy drinker you might consider quitting drinking for good.
Avoid over-processed foods at all costs. Research has shown that more than half of people who eat a diet of processed and fatty foods are likely to develop depression than those who ate a diet with wholesome foods.
The amount of potentially mood-busting ingredients and chemicals in processed foods is enormous, full of ingredients linked to being irritable and having a poor mood. Mostly ingredients that extend shelf life and add flavor including salt, nitrate, phosphates, ingredients you have no idea how to pronounce, and artificial sweeteners. Eating processed meats, which are going to be fattier and saltier, will clog your arteries faster and can even cause cancer.
- Hot dogs, bologna, salami, sausages
- Canned soups
- Most frozen dinners
- Sugary breakfast cereals with artificial colors.
- Packaged foods containing fully hydrogenated vegetable oils.
- Packaged foods containing high fructose corn syrup.
- Meats from fast food restaurants
- Commercially baked goods
Gluten if you have a Gluten Sensitivity
Chances are you probably don’t suffer from celiac disease (gluten intolerance) at estimated 1-2% and only 1-6% of us have what’s called NCGS (non-celiac gluten sensitivity). But if you are in one of this percentage groups yourself then you need to weed out the wheat. You will find that there are a lot of gluten-free grains to choose from. Getting rid of this sticky protein has shown to significantly decrease feelings of stress anxiety and depression in folks with gluten sensitivity.
Testing is available for celiac disease but how do you know if you have a gluten sensitivity? It seems there is no good way to diagnose a gluten sensitivity. The most popular diagnosis technique is going on a gluten-free diet to see if your symptoms improve, or a gluten challenge where you eat gluten to see if you experience elevated feelings of anxiety or stress or depression.
Now that you know about the bad foods to avoid you can start eating more of the good foods that help calm anxiety.