April is tax month, and along with taxes comes stress. Stress management can be a powerful tool for wellness. There is evidence demonstrating that people who experience too much stress and pressure can be more than just a mood killer. People who are under constant stress are more vulnerable to colds, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even diabetes. There are many ways to cope with stress; my favorite way is to balance the fuel intake of our body. Here are a list of some foods that will help you to chill out during April.
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    • Oatmeal- a warm bowl can actually boost your level of serotonin, a calming hormone. During April for breakfast try 1c cooked oatmeal for breakfast, add in 1 tbsp of Agave nectar for flavor.
    • Oranges- studies suggest that vitamin C can reduce level of stress hormones while strengthening the immune system. Try adding in 6 oz of Orange juice and handful of almonds during a stress full day as a great afternoon snack.
    • Spinach- Popeye never let stress get him down- maybe it was all the magnesium in the spinach he ate. Magnesium helps regulate cortisol levels. When magnesium levels drop headaches and fatigue may come about, compounding the effects of stress and setting back your fight against it. At lunch try a spinach salad to boost your magnesium levels. If you are not a spinach eater try some cooked soybeans or salmon- both are also high in magnesium
    • Berriesthey are packed with particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. These little “power-houses” will aid in the protection of oxidative stress of the body. Try adding in a handful of berries to your spinach salad this month, or even a side of berries and yogurt for a great nighttime snack.
    Once stress does hit don’t forget to take care of yourself. The best way to counter act a stressful day is moving!!! Aerobic exercise increases oxygen circulation and produces endorphins- chemical that make you feel happy.
    If you have questions about healthy eating or balanced nutrition please ask, or if you have a particular topic you would like more information about let me know. 
Adrien

By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois - Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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