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4 Ways to be happier in the City

Posted by: jo | Thursday 13th April 2017

It's mid week, energy might be dipping and deadlines pending, no better time to see how you can eat to be happy at your desk and be the colleague that all your team mates deserve. These 4 ways to be happier in the city are easy to apply and will have you feeling bettr in no time at all.

Stress eating in the ofice has earned quite a bad reputation. Mindlessly chomping down on a bag of crisps, or obsessively having your daily 11am fix of choclate springs to mind. We associate certain foods with comfort, and we reach for those first when we're overloaded and over whelmed. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can be happier in the city with these 4 easy to follow tips.

Research has shown that eating can combat stress but in a healthy positive way - one that has less to do with comfort foods and more to do with the way vitamins, proteins and hormones influence our mood and state of mind. Healthy food may not solve all of your problems, but it may give you that boost of energy, brainpower or serotonin needed to take on chllenges with confidence. So next time a deadline in looming, your boss is demanding super human feat, or you can barely bring yourself to look at your inbox, treat yourself to a dose of GOOD MOOD FOOD.

The 4 ways to be happier in the city:

1. Make a beeline for salmon with a side of asparagus. Asparagus is rich in folate, a nutrient linked to relieving depression. Paired with grilled salmon, a reliable source of omega 3 fatty acids that can help reduce anxiety, and this plate of food is not only a smart choice for your waistline: its good for your state of mind.

2. Studies have shown that the amount of B vitamins we consume can have a direct impact on stress in the workplace. Rather than taking supplements, get your vitamin B fix on your lunch break: order indian take out with lots of chickpeas and lentils or a dark leafy green salad topped with chicken and avocado. All are high in vitamin D

3. On days where you have a packed schedule, have a hearty bowl of porridge for your breakfast. The complex carbohydrates wil boost serotonin production. This will calm nerves and improve your ability to focus. Add a big handful of berries on tpop and this will enhance the mood boosting effects.

4. During periods of high stress, don't forget to snack.This doesn't mean reaching for the high sugar junk snacks though. Instead choose a snack high in vitamin C. Not only will vitamin C foods boost your immunity they can quickly reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety to to their ability to dampen the effects of high cortisol production, the hormone released when things get a little too much. Snacks which are high in vitamin C include red bell peppers, watermelon, strawberries, kiwis and oranges.

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