Eat well stress less for student nurses – 5 tips

2 Mar 2015 9:43 PMDPT DPT

There are many great snack foods that can help you get through the day whether you are in the classroom or at work.

1. Nuts !! Healthy protein sources are beneficial during times of stress, as the body secretes cortisol (a stress hormone) when under pressure. Studies have shown that when you are deficient in protein and calories your cortisol levels will be chronically elevated. High protein snacks also help to regulate blood sugar, which, during a profession when you need to have your ‘eye on the ball’ is vital. Choose nuts (almonds are best), seeds, hummus with low salt crackers

2. Avoid snacking on highly processed sugary foods can add to our stress levels. Sugar and processed foods cause inflammation in the body that only contributes to raised cortisol levels. Sugar gives you a high but it may be followed by a low. You want a steady energy food source to get you through the day.

3. Low-Fat Yogurt
 This creamy yummy food contains a host of key nutrients, including calcium. Calcium supports functions of proteins, including the formation of enzymes and hormones—and hormones can play a role in managing stress. Mix with some fruit pieces and you are good to go.

4. Dark Chocolate A 2009 study found that regular chocolate eaters had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood. And, like tea, dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids, known for their relaxing properties. So pick low sugar, high quality type.

5. Chewing “Chewing increases blood flow to the brain—which may make us feel more alert—and it may also distract us from stressors,” says Andrew Scholey, director of the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University. So go for hard foods instead of soft also avoid sweet drinks to fill the gap.

Please comment below. What are your go-to foods?