Many of us have been stress-eating our way through the challenges of the past year – understandably! To quash snack attacks, consider adding lecithin to your daily diet. In one German study, adults who supplemented with this fatty acid produced 80% less of the stress hormone cortisol during trying times. And that’s good news because cortisol has been shown to drive up cravings for sugary and salty foods. To get the benefits, add 2 Tbs. of lecithin granules to smoothies, salad dressings or tea daily.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).