CAN FOOD AFFECT YOUR MOOD?

food mood connection

Did you know you know that eating that piece of cake or pie can make you tired or depressed and that eating more veggies can fill you with energy and vitality?

 A change of diet can significantly improve a person’s mental health. This can reduce the likelihood of panic attacks, mood swings, and anxiety or depression. As you eat healthier and your body does not have to deal with and fight off the bad things you eat, it is able to run more efficiently and you feel happier.

Here is a list of foods to add to your diet and foods to avoid:

Mood Supporters

Vegetables

Fruit

Fish

Nuts

Beans

Non-fat dairy products

Eggs

Mood Disturbers

Caffeine

Alcohol

Sugar

White flour

Gluten/Dairy

 

Tips to Decrease Sugar Intake

  • Replace sugary foods with a healthier sweet treat: fruit, dark chocolate, goji berries, high protein bar like RISE BARS
  • Wean yourself off of sweet drinks like sodas & juices
    • Replace with water or ½ juice & ½ water mixture to start!

Tips to Decrease Caffeine Intake

  • Wean yourself down ½ to one cup less every day
  • Replace with Herbal teas or Yerba Mate
  • Get more rest
  • Get some exercise
  • Have a small snack

Tips to Get In More Water

  • Bring water bottles (preferably glass or stainless steel) with you whenever you go (in your car, at work, by your bed).
  • Never let an entire hour pass without drinking some water.
  • Drink a glass of water instead of your afternoon coffee or soda
  • Add sliced fruit to make water tasty

Tips to Not Skip Meals

  • Plan your meals & snacks
  • Have healthy foods available
  • Don’t let 3-4 hours go by without eating- Unless your done eating for the day!

Tips for Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners

  • Avoid “diet” foods & drinks
  • Have small amounts of the real thing or stevia or monk fruit sweetened foods/drinks
  • Check labels for aspartame, saccharin, Splenda, sorbitol, etc. and AVOID!

INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF NUTRIENTS THAT AFFECT YOUR MOOD

  • Normalizes mood-
    • Selenium: Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds
  • Improves memory & concentration-
    • Choline (a B complex vitamin): Eggs & Mushrooms
  • Helps relieve depression-
    • Vitamin B6: Chicken, Tuna, Shrimp, Bananas, Avocados, Brown rice
    • Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, Broccoli, Peppers
    • Folic Acid: Cooked spinach/other leafy greens, Beans
    • Zinc: Oysters, Red meat, Poultry, Beans, Nuts, Seafood

TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN & FISH OIL SUPPLEMENT

Not getting enough vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (omega 3 oils) in your diet can have an effect on your mood too. Try to eat more oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids and also help the brain function more efficiently.

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Eat more fat!

Low fat diets can make you depressed. Research has linked diets that drastically cut down on all types of fat with an increase in symptoms of depression. Instead, eat more quality fats throughout your day like, olives, avocado, coconut oil, nuts/seeds, grass-fed meats/butters and olive oil (California).

Everything you put in your body has a chemical effect, which is why food can affect your mood. Chemicals in the brain can be influenced by what we eat, which can lead to changes in the way we think, feel and behave. Why complicate things by introducing foods into your body that don’t make you feel good. Make life simple. Eat good, feel good.



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