Anxiety Reducing Foods

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Hey There Babes,

The other day, I recommended pot to a customer. Don’t get the wrong idea. She was an older woman of about 75+ years with glaucoma and asked me for tips on what to eat/drink to help alleviate stress and calm her nerves. Marijuana sort of came out like word vomit, I couldn’t help it. Seriously though, it’s EXACTLY what would solve her problems, or at least help significantly.

Her response? She laughed and commented that it wasn’t the first time someone said that to her, but she said she couldn’t bring herself to do it. I inquired as to why, and she didn’t really have a legitimate response. My guess is she “doesn’t do drugs”.

Ugh. Why must people still consider this a drug? It makes me sad. This is a plant. Mother nature gave it to us; it’s not cultivated in a lab and there have NEVER been any deaths from this herb.
Maybe someday people will grow some brains, but until then… I guess you can pay pharmaceutical companies your hard earned money to pop pills that contain sketchy chemicals and most likely are doing more harm than good. Take that as you will.

Anyway, since this woman will not take my original advice, I took to the interweb and started doing some research on specific foods that help alleviate stress and reduce anxiety. In case any of you are interested, here’s the list:

1. Asparagus – boosts folic acid
2. Avocado – stress relieving B vitamins
3. Blueberries – stress busting antioxidants and vitamin C
4. Milk – calming antioxidants, protein, calcium, B2 and B12
5. Almonds – stress relieving and immune boosting vitamins B2 and E
6. Oranges – lower stress hormone cortisol, vitamin C
7. Salmon – omega 3 keeps cortisol and adrenaline from spiking
8. Spinach – comforting, promotes well-being and magnesium regulates cortisol
9. Turkey – AA Tryptophan releases serotonin and promotes calmness
10. Oatmeal – serotonin, use thick cut and old fashioned

Encouragingly enough, these are all actually foods that the general public seems to enjoy – so start incorporating some of the above ingredients into your diet! Honestly, you can combine the majority of those into a powerful anxiety reducing smoothie (milk, avocado, blueberries, almonds, orange, spinach and oats).

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

In other news, fall is officially here! Which means that pumpkin beer is now in season. I can’t say I’m the biggest pumpkin fan, but I do enjoy a nice bottled pumpkin brew. I have made it a goal to try as many different pumpkin flavored beers as I can while their around, so that means you guys get to hear about it. The first one was Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin. At one pint and 9% ABV, this puppy packs a punch, and is quite damn delicious. Definitely would recommend giving this a try.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

The next contender was Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. First of all, the label is awesome. Very Dogfish Head – I love the branding that they do. Pumpkin beer must be high in alcohol percentage or something because this one is 7% ABV, which again falls in step with Dogfish Head. This was another tasty brewski, and I would pick it up if you see it on the shelves!

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About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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