8 Foods for Anxiety and How to Cook With Them, According to a Chef

Few people understand the power of foods as well as than chef Bettina Campolucci. After being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, she took a serious look at her lifestyle, including her approach to food. Now she has her own cookbook, Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan, and runs wellness retreats based on her plant-based, gluten-free approach to cooking.

"Food affects our body and mind in so many different ways," she tells MyDomaine. "If we approach food in a positive way from the get-go, it can really help." Campolucci's approach to food involves simplifying her choices to take the stress out of eating and cooking. She suggests eating more plants, going back to basics, and doing your best to eat seasonally and locally.

"Cooking in itself is an act of self-love," she claims. It's part of the reason she sees cooking and mental health as being connected. According to her, giving yourself the time to source and cook nourishing foods is a gift, even if you only have the time to do so every once in a while. "The love that you put into your meal will transpire to yourself and to anyone that you are preparing that meal for," she explains. Next time you feel anxious, try focusing on what you're fueling your body with. Ahead Campolucci shares eight foods for anxiety she turns to and why they're so good for both your body and mind. Keeping reading until the end for a few recipes from her new cookbook to learn how to incorporate these feel-good foods into your diet.