Shake it up for stress!

Your brain cells are capable of making their own chemical mood-stabilizers such as serotonin—if they get the right raw material from the food you eat.

And this shake has it all. Developed by Laura Pawlak, PhD, RD, author of Stop Gaining Weight, this stress-defying drink improves your mood and quiets stress without withdrawal, rebound cravings, or overeating. The supplements give the chemicals in the food an added boost, so you feel better fast.

Carry your shake in a thermos, so it's ready for your peak stress times. Skip caffeine for two hours before and after, since caffeine can limit serotonin's power.

Here's how to make it:

In a blender, mix 1 large banana, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of orange juice or strawberries, the pulp of one papaya or 1/2 cup of papaya nectar, and 1 to 3 teaspoons of flaxseed oil. Process until smooth. Drink with a multivitamin/mineral supplement containing 100% of the daily value of nutrients plus 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate.

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