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Strengthen Against Stress

Tips from our Campus Registered Dietitian
to help you feel good during Finals Week

5 nutrients that WILL nourish your noggin

You need a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods to keep you feeling focused, balanced and aid in beating back stress. Here are our top five nutrients to incorporate daily and the best foods to find them in!

Comfort Foods Vs. What Truly Comforts

While a big ol' bowl of ice cream may seem like exactly what you need when feeling stressed, it is actually quite the opposite. The excess sugar, saturated fat, trans fat and simple, processed carbohydrates found in most comfort foods can have some not-so-soothing effects on your body. Too much is not only linked to unwanted weight gain and increased risk for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, but can also lead to more immediate effects like feeling sluggish or blue and heightened anxiety. It's far better to reach for food that is loaded with real comfort such as those mentioned for a healthy dose of omega-3s, magnesium, and vitamin c!

try this to relieve stress RIGHT NOW!

Just breathe. There are major benefits to bringing your attention to your breath. The rhythm and depth of your breath directly affects your state of mind and overall health. Try this technique from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine: Close your eyes. Breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth, saying to yourself "soft" as you breathe in and "belly" as you breathe out. Continue for five minutes. A good thing about breathing: you can do it anywhere, anytime and it's free!

MORE SOLUTIONS TO HELP KEEP STRESS AT BAY DURING FINALS:

LATE NIGHT STRENGTHEN AGAINST STRESS FOOD BARS

  EAST SIDE DINE-IN WEST SIDE DINE-IN
TUES DEC 12 Chia Pudding Bar
omega-3 fatty acids
Baked Sweet Potato Bar
vitamin C
WED DEC 13 Hummus Bar
zinc
Chia Pudding Bar
omega-3 fatty acids
THURS DEC 14 Dark Chocolate S'mores Bar
magnesium
Hummus Bar  
zinc
FRI DEC 15 Quinoa Cereal Bar
B vitamins
Dark Chocolate S'mores Bar  
magnesium
SAT DEC 16 Whole Grain Pancake Bar
B vitamins
Quinoa Cereal Bar  
B vitamins
SUN DEC 17 Baked Sweet Potato Bar
vitamin C
Whole Grain Pancake Bar  
B vitamins
Still have questions? E-mail campus dietitian Amanda Reichardt at amanda.reichardt@stonybrook.edu

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