Dietician Cynthia Sass, co-author of Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches talked about food and their impact on stress and anxiety, on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning."
Sass focused on the value of different foods in different stress-producing situations.
1. Stress at the workplace - Raw vegetables with hummus and ice water. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants offset the impact of stress.
2. Making a presentation - Tea; the levels of psychological stress go down significantly.
3. Disturbed sleep - Seaweed Salad, full of iodine and magnesium that can push back fatigue and depression and give you a good night's rest.
4. Watching a tension-filled sporting event - Puffed brown rice or whole grains as a crispy snack and oranges. They bring down the tension and keep you calm.
5. In-laws for dinner - Garden salad with fresh beets; it has folate that deals with mental fatigue, forgetfulness, confusion and insomnia.
6. Increasing holiday bills - Mushrooms in fajitas or burgers, they are rich in selenium and Vitamin D that helps you get rid of depression and that enhances your mood.
According to Sass, these foods make up an important part of a stress-relieving diet.