Hi Ladies! I’m pretty sure (by now) you definitely know there is a food and mood connection. Food can greatly affect your mood, for better or for worse! When it comes to happiness and every other area in your life, food has the capacity to harm or heal. By learning about what foods to choose and avoid, you’ll be able to help your body and mind, and embrace happiness. Woo Hoo! Let’s learn… Or be reminded of what we already know.
Food and Mood Connection – Foods to Boost Happiness
How would you like to use what Mother Nature has to offer in order to boost your mood? Start off with looking for foods that are high in healthy fats. Our brains rely on fats which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They do wonders for mood and improving happiness by allowing nerve cells to communicate more efficiently.
Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and fish oil (especially krill oil) are a great way to consume these. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to be as effective as common antidepressant drugs in regards to depression.
Berries are another wonderful way to boost your happiness. They contain anthocyanins, which are helpful to your brain as they support its function. Oranges, raw peppers and kiwi are high in Vitamin C which battles stress. Leafy greens boost your folic acid intake, and even dark chocolate is known to be a positive mood enhancer (YES!). Bananas and dates are portable foods that are known to affect serotonin levels positively.
Your mood and mental function are also greatly affected by dehydration; so be sure to stay well-hydrated by consuming plenty of water. Drinking water has been a struggle for many, but there are so many ways to get your intake. According to the Mayo Clinic, “You don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100 percent water by weight. In addition, beverages such as milk, juice and herbal teas are composed mostly of water. Even caffeinated drinks — such as coffee and soda — can contribute to your daily water intake. But water is your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.”
Food and Mood Connection – Foods That Steal Your Joy
Sugar is the number one food to avoid if you wish to be happy. Sugar sets you up for a quick, false surge of energy when you feel the sugar high; but then comes the crash. Sugar can also harm your immune system and trigger depression. Have you ever read the article Is Sugar the New Cocaine?
Coffee has been known to lead to anxiety, which can also rob you of joy. Wheat prevents serotonin from being produced, therefore contributing to depression. Alcohol is linked with moodiness; and although some individuals feel temporarily euphoric after consuming it, the feeling generally fades into negativity. Well THAT is FOOD for thought isn’t it?
I’ve always thought too much about food, and that has affected my mood in a big way. “If I eat this I’ll be fat. Eat this? I’ll get cancer. If I eat this I’ll be healthy. If I eat this (thinking about pumpkin muffins with cream cheese filling) I’ll be happy.”
Well ladies, this was part 1 and I’ll be back with Part 2 soon. I’m going to get a glass of wine. Hopefully, I won’t head off into negativity. I’m giving you info to be (info)rmed. You need to make choices in your life to…..