In all the attention I’ve paid to anxiety-minimizing things in recent years, I’m sorry to say eating foods for anxiety has been close to the bottom of the list. The thing is, I’ve never been one of those people who notices much of a difference in how I feel because of what I eat. (Except for too much caffeine or chocolate cake for breakfast; sadly, that difference cannot be ignored.)
For instance, I’m not vegan anymore, but when I was the first thing most people would ask is if I noticed a difference in how I felt. I wanted to say yes, and knew other vegans who felt a lot better, but I wasn’t one of them. I’d stopped eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy and, as far as I could tell, my body felt exactly the same.
I’m not saying there is no difference in how I feel depending on what I eat, only that I tend to attribute the way I feel to anything but food.
Anxiety is no exception.
I tend to blame too much – or not enough – of a lot of things for my anxiety. Too much work, negative thinking, overthinking, irrational fears. Not enough sleep, yoga, journaling, down time, or meditation. Not to mention all the reasons women may be particularly susceptible to anxiety.
But after looking closely at the link between nutrition and anxiety, the connection is one that shouldn’t be discounted. Whether I recognize it or not, the presence (or absence) of key vitamins and minerals in my body could very well be contributing to my anxiety.
Just to be clear, I am not a nutritionist and there is no guarantee that eating these foods for anxiety will improve the way you feel. Also, none of the information included here should replace the advice of a medical professional. That said, I’ve done a ton of research and cited everything thoroughly.