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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,594
3/11/13 2:43 P

Let's remember to keep our posts on this thread soundly based on research evidence. To imply that cashews and bananas are a replacment for medication is inaccurate and dangerous advice. Please use published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence. We want to keep this site safe for our 15 million members.

This member is looking for ways to calm her tummy; not treat the anxiety.
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3/11/13 12:32 P

I have read that two handfuls of cashews are equivalent
t to a full dose of prozac and one banana a day can help reduce anxiety and depression.

LEEKAYBEE Posts: 33
3/11/13 12:06 P

Mint green tea or peppermint herbal tea might help you. When I was on high doses of antibiotics, mint teas really helped to settle the nausea and vomiting and other issues caused by the medications. Though the root of your problem is different, this still might help you!

One I would reccommend is Celestial Seasonings caffeine-free mint green tea. It's got a smooth mint flavor, and since there is no caffeine there is no stimulant that may affect your anxiety.

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3/11/13 10:30 A

If you have chronic anxiety it can be good to get on a schedule of small frequent meals and snacks so that your blood sugar does not suddenly drop and cause panic. I'd agree with the suggestion of ginger or peppermint tea for an upset stomach.

One thing that helped me a lot when I used to struggle with chronic anxiety was a supplement called Catecholacalm. You can find it on Amazon.com. It was recommended to me by a naturopathic doctor, however I'm not a doctor and can't advise you about it legally. I just found it very helpful.

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3/11/13 8:37 A

I think tea is the answer. Ginger tea would be great because ginger helps settle the stomach. I think you should create a tea ritual for yourself that is relaxing. Ginger is so flavorful that personally I do not need to sweeten this beverage.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,594
3/11/13 8:26 A

So you are not looking for foods to combat anxiety, you are looking for foods that you can tolerate on "high" anxiety days. This would be an individual "trial and error" to see what you can tolerate.

I would think that high fat, fried, type foods would not be a good choice. Stay away from foods in a heavy cream sauce, gravy, etc
I would think that perhaps certain spices could upset you more.

I would go for foods like:
chicken noddle soup
fruits, veggies
egg with toast
yogurt with fruit

"what sounds good to you?"

Becky

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3/10/13 9:50 P

I also have problems with anxiety.

I have acid reflux (and on multiple daily doses of meds) and food is my main source of anxiety.


I get really nauseous because of it sometimes. When that happens, I switch to liquids like soups and liquid calories. Eating soup works for me because I have to wait for it to cool and that gives me time to work on coping strategies.





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3/10/13 9:02 P

To Dietitian Becky- when I get particularly anxious I tend to throw up which is why I made the settling my stomach comment. No heatburn luckily but the ongoing issue is posing a problem.

to Lovemouse82- The orange juice and nutmeg is a new one that I will have to try- Thank you!

I always avoid food the day of an event in fear of the above but I am thinking I might need to rethink that slightly. At least having some liquids like ginger ale.

Edited by: IRSHGRL220284 at: 3/10/2013 (21:02)
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3/10/13 8:05 P

I used to have some anxiety which has gotten better....but I read somewhere that in the middle of an anxiety or panic attack, drink some orange juice with a bit of nutmeg in it and it will calm a pounding heart. I tried this one time and seriously it worked. Not sure why but it really really did. I used to have panic attacks that would make my heart hurt and I was scared I actually had a heart problem before my doctor finally diagnosed the real issue. That hasn't happened in a really long time but I remember when it did, the orange juice and nutmeg trick was very helpful. I honestly wish I knew the science behind it. It truly was an amazing phenomenon...try it :)

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3/10/13 7:21 P

Unfortunately, I think turning to food for comfort is a recipe for trouble later on. Emotional eating is one of those things that got a lot of us to where we are.

However, I think your best bet would be to focus on a balanced diet with plenty of whole foods and fruits and vegetables. The healthier you are on the inside, the easier it will be for you to fight the anxiety.

I wish I could be more helpful; my husband struggles with crippling anxiety, too.

THe only food I can really think of that's helpful for a sour stomach is ginger; nothing soothes his stomach like a ginger ale does. ;)

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3/10/13 7:20 P

You could try ginger or peppermint tea. I find them calming and since you can't drink tea quickly, it can be relaxing as well.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,594
3/10/13 7:18 P

Settle a stomach??? Is this an on-going issue? Do you have heartburn? Not sure what you mean.

Dietitian Becky

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3/10/13 6:45 P

Sadly, I have been battling anxiety my entire life. I already take medication to help the situation. However, I am always on the look out for any type of relief. I heard that certain foods can help settle a stomach. Has anyone else heard this or have any advice?

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