Although my anxiety has been up and down throughout my life depending on what's going on, it's always lurking somewhere in the background. A few too many sips of coffee and a stressful conversation can make my heart pound and my palms sweat, and before I know it I'm up all night, tossing and turning and trying to talk myself down from another sleepless night.
During a particularly bad sleep week recently, our food editor Liz suggested that I try an anti-anxiety diet. The diet itself, constructed by Vincent Pedre, M.D., looked pretty doable—save for a few hard-to-find ingredients like lavender buds and passion flower extract—but I was a little bit intimidated by the fact that I had to swap coffee for tea. I'm a huge coffee fan, so I knew this wouldn't be easy.
But I had some serious anxiety to bust, so I decided it was worth it. Here's what happened when I spent five days on an anti-anxiety diet.