It’s 3 p.m., and just looking at your to-do list makes you anxious. You’re stressed, and ready to reach for a temporary solution like a diet cola or candy bar. To the rescue: Health expert Dr. Mike Dow, author of “Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat” (click for details),
Appearing on Dr. Oz’s talk show, Dr. Dow explained that when we’re stressed and anxious, our levels of GABA (which helps halt those emotions) are low. But you don’t have to reach for medication, says Dr. Dow. Look at your diet to find a way of boosting your levels of GABA.
You’ll achieve peace while staying productive at work and at home. To boost your levels of stress-reducing GABA, try these tasty food swaps from Dr. Dow:
- Rather than an afternoon cup of coffee, try oolong tea, which contains GABA. My recommendation: Bigelow Chinese Oolong Tea.
- Bypass the candy bar and go for cherry tomatoes with hummus. The tomatoes provide GABA, while the hummus’ olive oil balances your omega-3 versus omega-6 ratio, says Dr. Dow. Or get both together with Wild Garden Single Serve Sundried Tomato Hummus Dip). Or for homemade flavor, try Harmony Valley Classic Hummus mix and add your own olive oil.
- Skip soda and enjoy kefir, which is a probiotic beverage with GABA. You can make your own with Yogourmet Freeze Dried Kefir Starter.
- And for a great dinner, try grilled shrimp and brown rice. Shrimp offers GABA while brown rice provides serotonin for that “get happy” glow! It’s a fast, easy meal – especially if you take advantage of organic, microwavable Steamed Brown Rice Bowls (click here for details).
- Find out more about Dr. Dow’s book “Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat” by clicking here.