Do you find yourself cranky and irritable? Are you sad and blue at times. Are you lethargic, lacking energy? Something we overlook when trying to deal with these issues is what we are eating. If you are looking for ways to improve your mood, you should look in your kitchen cupboards.
The National Institute of Health says that 20.9 million Americans suffer from mood disorders and this number has been increasing since 1975. At the same time the rate of obesity has been increasing. Coincidence? This fitness coach thinks not. It’s the types of foods we are eating that, in my opinion, are causing the increases in both. Chemicals in our foods affect our neurotransmitters. These are the brain chemicals that allow our brain cells to communicate with each other.
What types of food are bad for your mood? Things like caffeine, alcohol, sugar and white flour. These types of foods spike your blood sugar. Your body reacts by bringing your blood sugar down, leaving you lethargic, fatigued, sad and grumpy.
What types of food are “good mood foods“? Fresh fruits and veggies. The antioxidents and vitamins will help you sleep, prevent depression, reduce fatigue, increase energy, reduce stress and protect your brain cells. Swimming fish, lean meats, nuts, beans, non-fat dairy and egg whites will improve your mood and memory, generate mental clarity and fight anxiety. Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals get the credit. Whole grains will give you complex carbs to raise your seratonin levels. That’s a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural anti-depressant.
You should shoot to eat “good mood foods” 75% of the time if you want to think more clearly, enjoy more energy and improve your overall mood. So how are you doing with eating this way? How could you improve? I would love to hear from you!
Author: Sue Kauffman
Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at email@example.com
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