The arrival of tax season means we need to add more items to our already long to-do lists. With the added stress experienced at this time of year, especially for business owners and tax professionals, it can be all too easy to let healthy eating fall to the wayside.
If you’re looking for foods to help you manage stress during tax season, try consuming foods that contain ingredients known to have calming effects. Check out Blue Plate Catering’s seasonal catering menus to fulfill your tax season lunch and dinner needs.
The six ingredients below can have a truly positive impact on your stress levels, making tax season more bearable.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that the body can’t manufacture on its own. It’s found in protein-rich foods such as turkey, chicken, shrimp, tuna, milk, eggs, and spinach. It helps to produce serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter that works to promote adequate sleep and fight off depression.
Eat foods with high levels of tryptophan on their own or, better yet, try combining them with a complex carbohydrate like whole grain bread to help increase your body’s absorption of this amino acid.
2) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and flaxseed, are important for optimal brain health, as well as for helping to regulate the negative effects of stress hormones.
Try to get your omega-3 fatty acids from food sources, rather than supplements, as much as possible. Aim for consuming fish high in omega-3s about twice a week, in addition to snacking on nuts and seeds that are rich in them.
Zinc is a trace mineral that’s critical for the growth and development of all the cells in our bodies. Zinc-rich foods such as lamb, beef, and oysters can have a calming effect on the body because they help to balance blood sugar levels and aid in optimal immune system functioning.
Since the body doesn’t store zinc, it’s important to get a small amount daily. Be sure to incorporate foods rich in zinc into your regular diet – and be especially cognizant of doing so during this busy tax season to help keep your immune system strong.
Commonly referred to as the relaxation mineral, magnesium is essential to hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body, helps combat stress, and can even help improve sleep.
Load up on magnesium to help alleviate the fatigue and mood swings that are common during hectic seasons. A few great magnesium sources include leafy greens, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and fish.
We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, with water being a critical component for every function in the body. But, while the importance of drinking enough water each day is certainly not news, many of us still aren’t well hydrated. And our hydration can really suffer when we’re extremely busy, as it’s very easy to forget to drink water throughout the day.
To help ensure you’re drinking enough water, aim to have a glass of water with each meal. Also get in the habit of filling up a large water bottle every night so that it’s ready to grab and go the next day.
Chamomile leaves are most commonly used in herbal teas. It has been used to promote relaxation for thousands of years and is still widely used today to relieve anxiety and calm unsettled stomachs.
Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before turning in for the night can greatly help to relax you and ease you into sleep, particularly after a long day.
Make an effort to eat foods with these six key calming ingredients throughout tax season and, when it’s over, you may be pleasantly surprised with how good you felt in the midst of it all