Sweet, Salty & Sexy

Can Your Diet Make you Calmer?

Sugar drops into coffee, two items that can make you less calmFeeling a little cranky and anxious? Changing your diet up may help—cut down or eliminate these foods for a healthier and happier attitude.


Refined sugars cause your blood sugar levels to rapidly rise and fall, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. You have a pretty good idea what food contains sugar, but just in case, here’s a reminder—white bread, pasta, white rice, pastries, candy, cakes, crackers, chips and soft drinks, oh my!


Drinking alcohol can cause anxiety symptoms. I know this seems counter-intuitive, since most of us drink to relax.  Unfortunately, the relaxing period is short lived as the alcohol is metabolized in the body. If you suffer from anxiety attacks, back away from the bar.


Caffeine is a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep, make you jittery and trigger panic attacks.  Try this: cut your caffeine intake by brewing half decaffeinated coffee and half regular.  You won’t taste the difference but your body will notice!


Hold the salt. Large amounts of salt can deplete your body of potassium, a mineral that is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system.  And you probably already know that salt can increase your blood pressure, puts a strain on your heart and arteries and increases your anxiety.