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  • There is more to quelling stress than yoga and meditation.

  • [Eat this for less stress] In fact, eating the right foods can help keep you calm, too.

  • Here are three of our favorite soothing foods.

  • First up, chocolate.

  • Research found that eating a small square of dark chocolate daily can help keep you calm.

  • It seems as though the flavonoids in this sweet treat work to lower stress hormones, and this is especially true for folks with high anxiety.

  • Don't go overboard, though.

  • In the study, just 1.4 ounces of chocolate was enough to do the trick.

  • Second, try oatmeal.

  • Oatmeal is a whole grain.

  • Healthy carbs like this spur the release of the brain chemical, serotonin, which has a mood-boosting effect.

  • Add oatmeal and other whole grains like quinoa and brown rice to your diet to help reduce stress.

  • Finally, sweet red peppers are full of vitamin C, which may help clear the stress hormone cortisol from the blood.

  • In one study, people who consumed high doses of vitamin C before tackling stress-inducing activities had lower blood pressure, and recovered faster from the cortisol surge.

  • Of course, stress can sometimes cause us to overeat.

  • [portion control] So reach for all foods, including these, in moderation.

There is more to quelling stress than yoga and meditation.

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