Strengthen Against Stress
Tips from our Registered Dietitian
to help you feel good
Boost Your Brain Power Snack Boxes
Campus Dietitian Laura Martorano created Strengthen Against Stress Brain Boxes for Finals Week, available for purchase at the East Side Emporium and Market at West Side.
Fruit Powered Box
This box contains an assortment of healthy grains, dark chocolate, antioxidants and polyphenols (micronutrients that naturally occur in plants), which can help decrease inflammation, provide a sweet snack and boost your brain power during finals week.
Contains: Smartfood Popcorn, Nature Valley Granola Bar, Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers, Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, Blueberry Fig Bar, and Original Fig Bar.
Nut Powered Box
This box contains an assortment of healthy nuts, dark chocolate, antioxidants and polyphenols (micronutrients that naturally occur in plants), which can help decrease inflammation, provide a sweet snack and boost your brain power during finals week.
Contains: Fruit and Nuts Kind bar, Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, Rx Bar and Honey Roasted Almonds.
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!