A Food Guide to Calming Anxiety Symptoms
The foods that are mentioned in this post are snacks and small meals that one can quickly grab in a supermarket to fill up. They are quick, with few ingredients, and have provided me with the rare pleasure of eating without anxiety. To me, eating these foods is a form of self-care, they help me calm down, and not obsess about what I am putting in my body. There is so little that can go wrong, even at my most anxious, I cannot panic about these foods.
Nairn’s Gluten Free Oats & Stem Ginger Biscuits
I can’t be the first to say that nausea is the biggest pain in the ass. Sadly, it’s a common side effect of IBS, as well as, one for anxiety. You can become stuck in a vicious cycle, where you are feeling nauseous so you cannot bear to eat, but the hungrier you get, the more nauseous you start to feel. Thankfully, a few months ago, I found these biscuits, which I exclusively call my “nausea biscuits” (I know I don’t win any points for creativity).
The benefits of eating ginger biscuits is that ginger is a well-known antidote for nausea, with the British Herbal Compendium even listing this herb as a remedy for a number of nausea and vomiting side effects, including ones seen in pregnancy. A number of evidence based research studies have found ginger to be a safe and effective method for reducing nausea and vomiting in individuals experiencing pregnancy sickness and those undergoing chemotherapy,. So it is no surprise that these biscuits help.
The issue that I have with ginger is its obnoxious aftertaste, which actually makes me more nauseous (surprise). The ginger and lemon tea often publicised is for a select few taste buds, in my opinion. The wonderful thing about these biscuits, besides the fact they don’t have dairy or gluten, is that this ginger is not overwhelming. It tastes nice, there are 4 little biscuits, and they cool my nausea and anxiety down just enough for me to eat again. I could not recommend them enough.
No, I don’t just eat tuna out of a tinned can. Let’s be honest, finding allergy-friendly meals is a task, often it requires a little bit more extra thought, and the recipes on the internet take forever. On a bad mental health day, the last thing I want to be doing is tearing my hair out because I screwed up my quinoa and whatever. This is the beauty of tuna. When you combine with mayonnaise, it becomes the perfect, quick meal/snack. All you have to do is stick it in with gluten-free pasta, or even better, a baked potato, and Ta-Da. This food is not revolutionary, I did not discover tuna pasta, but it took me a while to find out that it was settling my head and stomach.
It is also a bonus that Tuna is rich in an Omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA. It has been suggested that high levels of DHA are associated with increased cognitive function, linking to improving ADHD, depression, and Alzheimer’s,. This research still needs more investigating, but it’s nice to know!
Walker’s Ready Salted Crisps
These are not healthy, there is probably little nutritional value to them, in fact this flavour is the highest in calories. However, the flavour ‘ready-salted’ is one of the only dairy-free flavours, and all these crisps are gluten-free. (I was very sad to find out Pringle’s had wheat in them). The beauty of this, is that they have so few ingredients, even if I got a stomach ache later and started panicking, I would know it was not my food. Simply because I can list all the possible ingredients in my head, as there’s only 3.
Soya Yogurt & Dark Chocolate Chips
I have saved the best for last. Alpro Soya Vanilla Yogurt and dark chocolate chips. This is the only dessert I have, which is kind of sad because it is borderline healthy, but still. It’s naturally gluten-free, and it is dairy free. Though be careful, some rude supermarkets put milk in their dark chocolate, and I have been burned more than once. It is sweet and chocolatey, it also can be quite filling (especially, if you just pour an insane amount of chocolate chips like I do). I seriously would recommend this. On the days I am feeling sorry for myself because I can’t eat all the cake my friends are eating, or when my period comes and I want to eat all the fatty food in the world, this is the closest I have come to satisfying that need.
Hope you have enjoyed my second blog post! Let me know!
On the journey to getting less,
Anxious and Hungry.
,ADAA. (n.d.). Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Retrieved from https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs, Retrived 11/8/18
,Bradley PR, editor. British Herbal Compendium Vol. 1: A Handbook of Scientific Information on Widely Used Plant Drugs. Bournemouth: British Herbal Medicine Association; 1992.
, Lete, I, Allue, J., (2016) The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy. Integrative Medicine Insights. 11. 11-17.
,Kidd, PM., (2007). Omega-3 DHA and EPA for cognition, behavior, and mood: clinical findings and structural-functional synergies with cell membrane phospholipids. Alternative Medicine Review. 12(3), 207-27.