When you think of comfort foods, what pops up in your mind? Pizza, pasta, ice cream and cookies? We eat comfort foods in times of stress, but these foods we consume tends to increase our stress levels and hunger even more. With all that said, what if I was able to convince you to redefine your definition of comfort foods from a health standpoint? What if you could envision comfort foods as a way to lower general stress and make you feel balanced, calm and energized, all without the ingredients being detrimental to your health?
I obviously cannot do that within one article, but learning what foods and nutrients can provide you the constant energy release to keep blood sugar levels stable, fatigue decreased, and mood stable, is a start!
When we are stressed, our cortisol levels increase which triggers a conglomerate of negative side effects including junk food and carb cravings, or “comfort food” cravings as many would say. If you are looking for ways to lower cortisol levels with the help of nutrition, then read on!