What do you do when you’re stressed out and feeling down? Do you raid your refrigerator and snack on everything in sight? If so, don’t be embarrassed, you’re not alone. According to research by Harvard Health Publications, stress causes the adrenal glands to release cortisol – a hormone that increases appetite and may ramp up the motivation to eat.
Prevent yourself from eating unhealthy foods like potato chips and sweets by stocking your fridge with healthy foods that help boost happiness and fight depression. For instance, nuts – Brazil nuts, walnuts, and cashews – are the perfect snacking options. Cashews will “give you a healthy dose of the antidepressant amino acid tryptophan, which is what your body needs to be able to produce serotonin,” Jessica Rosen, certified holistic health coach and president of Raw Generation, says.