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The Best and Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Stressed Out

When you’re on deadline and you’re stressed to the max, making strategic food choices might be the last thing on your mind. But what you are or aren’t putting in your mouth could be affecting how you feel. Certain things (like alcohol and caffeine) can have an immediate negative impact that takes your stress levels to, well, another level—which means you may want to avoid them if you’re under a lot of pressure.

On the other hand, there are foods that may make you feel a little less frantic, often things you’d find in any healthy diet, Despina Hyde-Gandhi, M.S., registered dietitian at New York University Langone’s Weight Management Program, tells SELF. Things like fruits, veggies, and nuts contain loads of potential stress-busting vitamins and nutrients.

There’s just one catch with these foods: Their effects are cumulative, not immediate. So odds are you won’t feel less stressed after eating a single orange, but you might if you start eating one every day.

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