This time of year it seems like many of us have a large number of activities to juggle. There are recitals, school programs, graduation parties, final exams to take, weddings, and all sorts of other things. Personally, I find myself freaking out a little bit from time to time over whether all of my wedding plans will be finished by the day of the actual wedding (and some of you reading this post may be in the same boat). Consequently, I was curious to find out what foods help to alleviate stress. I decided to take it just a little further and find allergy-friendly foods so that this post would be more applicable to everyone. The foods listed below do not contain dairy, wheat, corn, nuts, or eggs.

From “10 Superfoods for Stress Relief” by Dorie Eisenstein (http://www.bhg.com/health-family/mind-body-spirit/natural-remedies/superfoods-for-stress-relief/):

1. Asparagus–It contains folic acid, which helps to normalize your mood.

2. Beef–It contains B vitamins, zinc, and iron, which all help to straighten out your mood.

3. Blueberries–They are high in vitamin C, which combats stress.

From “9 Foods That Reduce Stress Levels” (http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/advice/reduce-stress-foods):

4. Oranges–Oranges are like blueberries in that they contain a large amount of vitamin C.

5. Dried apricots–These are high in magnesium, which helps alleviate stress and relaxes your muscles as well.

6. Spinach–Spinach also contains magnesium. If you are not getting enough magnesium, you may suffer from migraines and/or feel tired.

7. Avocados–Avocados contain potassium and monounsaturated fats, which together may lower your blood pressure.

8. Turkey–Many people know that because of L-tryptophan in turkey, you tend to get sleepy after eating it. However, consuming tryptophan also releases serotonin in your brain, which can make you feel better about life in general.

From “Foods That Help Relieve Stress” (http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Foods-That-Help-Relieve-Stress):

9. Sunflower seeds–Sunflower seeds are a source of folate and vitamin E, which can improve your mood.

10. Red bell peppers–In these peppers you will find folate again, as well as vitamins A and C. These nutrients can make you more energetic and fix stress-caused cell damage.

**I am not a doctor. Please consult your healthcare professional for medical advice, especially if you are nursing or pregnant.**

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