Sometimes when you’re in a bad mood, you tend to stress eat. When you’re stressed your body tends to release a hormone that makes you crave so-called “comfort foods”. Many of these foods consist of high-fat sugary foods. Although our body may trick us into feeling better after immediately eating them, in the long run they’re never going to help improve your mood. In fact, researchers have also linked stress to weight gain. For many of us gaining weight is also a mood buster. That’s why learning to eat your way to a better mood is so important.
- Try Foods Rich in Omega-3: Research has shown that foods rich in Omega-3 help to boost mood. Researchers say that so-called “flexible fats” help the brain since the brain is made of 60% fat. The more flexible the fat, the better for your brain, which means it’s better for your mood too. Salmon, sardines, and herring are examples of foods that are rich in omega-3 fats.
- Don’t Forget Foods Rich in Vitamin-B: Just like we were talking about how foods rich in Omega-3 can help, the same can be said with Vitamin-B. Low levels of Vitamin-B may be linked to depression. Examples of foods rich in Vitamin-B include fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs and low-fat milk. Supplements are also an option. You should speak to your doctor first before adding these or any other supplements to your diet.
- 3.Turn to Whole Foods, Not Processed Foods: One of the best things you can do to boost your mood with your diet is to avoid over-processed foods. Instead, opt for things like fresh fruits and vegetables as well as slow to digest whole grains. This is so your blood sugar does not spike and tempt you to eat unhealthy foods. 4. Change Your Breakfast Routine: While it may be easier to grab a donut or danish with your morning coffee, it’s doing nothing for your health or mood. Believe it or not, it can actually make you cranky. Many health professionals suggest the 1-2-3 breakfast. This consists of starting off with a protein from milk, yogurt, eggs, or peanut butter. You should also add some type of whole grains. Finally, finish it off with two servings of fruit. Researchers say this combination helps to keep blood sugar and mood evenly balanced.
- 5. Make Sure There is Soup for You: Hearty stews and soups containing lentils can help to boost your mood. Lentils are rich in iron, folate, and magnesium. They can help your brain to make more serotonin which can boost your mood and calm you down. Lentils are a complex carbohydrate so they also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels. As we know this helps to control cravings that only leave us feeling empty. The boost of folate that lentils give also helps to relieve depression and anxiety.
The next time you’re too cranky to eat breakfast or decide to just grab a donut on your way out the door, think again. What you put in your mouth now can affect you throughout the day and beyond. We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. So, if you eat junk, you can’t expect to feel great, right? Think before you eat. Your mood will thank you later.