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Put these on your grocery stocking list next time.

Put these on your grocery stocking list next time!

Having one those days that make you want to reach for the chips or soda, try the following below:

1. Avocados (I like eating this with salmon and eggs.  You can add extra greens to it as well.  Avocados are also good at keeping you full.)

2. Bananas (Both bananas and avocados have potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. Bananas are also good ant-acids.  I also love Trader Joe’s freeze-dried bananas.)

3. Swiss Chard (I do not know why it is called Swiss chard.  You can add this Mediterranean leafy green to omelets and frittatas to add more vitamin A, K and C.  Magnesium in this vegetable helps balance the stress hormone, cortisol).

4. Salmon (I love getting the smoked salmon at Costco.  You can eat it rare rolled in lettuce or with cream cheese.  Salmon keeps cortisol and adrenaline from going up.)

5. Tuna (I tend to just eat this in cans since I do not like raw tuna that much.)

6. Carrots….bring on the Bugs Bunny

7. Pistachios  (These have natural muscle relaxants.)

8. Almonds (Eating raw almonds is a great choice for great flavor.)

9. Walnuts

10. Dark Chocolate (The higher the cocoa content, the better.  I recommend putting fruit in melted dark chocolate to get extra nutrients.  You can also add coconut oil to the chocolate.)

11. Salad with Lots of Spinach

12. Dark Chocolate

13. Apple (Apparently sniffing one is also good aromatherapy.)

14. Coconut (Unless you are allergic :))-Coconuts are high in good fats that help you lose weight.  They also have antifungal properties and relieve mental fatigue.

15. Peppermint (Tea, Gum, Candy, Etc.)

16. Quinoa

17. Oatmeal (You can get this with quinoa together at Panera.)

18. Celery (Claire and I love them from Buffalo Wild Wings.)

19. Kale Chips (They are gluten free and come with different seasonings such as BBQ and nut cheese.)

20. Oranges

21. Asparagus

22. Turkey (Contains an amino acid called L-trytophan that helps us release a happy hormone called serotonin.)

23. Blueberries (High in an antioxidant known as anthocyanin.)

24. Cashews (Good levels of zinc, which help with anxiety and depression.)

25. Chamomile tea (Calms nerves and promotes sleep, if that is helpful in getting you where you need to be.)

Of course, people like me need to learn how to not use food always as an outlet for stress.  However, here is some “food for thought.”

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” -Philippians 4:6

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

Here is a sermon series about dealing with stress from Vineyard Northridge Church.

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