||Fatty dishes such as meat
or cheese and many baked goods thicken the blood, which, in turn, make
people feel tired, even lethargic. This is clearly not a good way to reduce
stress. Even just one high-fat meal can increase the risk of a heart attack.
||Many individuals deal with
a stress-induced lack of sleep by turning to coffee, tea, and colas. However,
caffeine stays in one's system longer than many realize. Cutting back on
caffeine can help with both sleeping problems and jitters.
||As a carbohydrate, sugar tends
to calm people. The problem is that it's a simple carbohydrate, so sugar
enters and leaves the bloodstream rapidly, causing those who eat it to,
in effect, "crash." On the other hand, complex carbohydrates such as pasta,
beans, and lentils serve to soothe without bringing one down.