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Did you know that 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 will be able to help your body and mind, and embrace happiness.
Health and happiness go hand-in-hand and there’s never a better time than the present to take better care of our bodies and teach our littles to do the same <3
Foods to Boost Happiness
So you want 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 these fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and they do wonders for mood and improving happiness by allowing nerve cells to communicate more efficiently. #BulletproofCoffeeObsessed
Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and fish 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. Bananas and dates are easily found foods that are known to affect serotonin levels positively.
Your mood and mental function is also greatly affected by dehydration, so be sure to stay well-hydrated by consuming plenty of water. Slowly increasing your water intake may be the easiest place to start!
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, which is then followed by a crash. Sugar can also harm your immune system and trigger depression.
Alcohol is linked with moodiness, and although some individuals feel temporarily euphoric after consuming it, the feeling generally fades into negativity.
Please note this is NOT all or nothing. I’m NEVER giving up double-stuffed nor Tonight Dough ice-cream, but I’m not going to eat them every day, either. Find a balance that works well for you, I just want you to know the facts. Maybe start by just cutting back a little, if you’ve noticed something isn’t working well for you.
Supplements to Consider
It’s always better to get nutrients from real food, but if it’s easier, starting with supplementation is a great idea.
Vitamin C has been shown to reduce cortisol, which is the hormone that causes stress. Unless you getting a substantial amount of this vitamin from your diet, a daily supplement is a good idea.
Food has such a tremendous impact on your mood, so it’s wise to leverage it to its full potential. Instead of just choosing your meal based on what you want at the moment, turn your plate into a powerful weapon that will fight depression and anxiety, and build and maintain your happiness. Get creative with ideas on how to make it easier and more fun!
Remember it’s NOT all or nothing and starting small is always a good idea. I’d recommend multivitamin and Omega-3 fatty acids to get started. (If you have tried fish oil before, but refuse to take it because the pill tasted terrible and you’d burp fish oil for hours, these are the ONLY ones I’ve found that don’t give me those issues! These literally made all the difference in whether or not I could take fish oil.)
Vitamin D is also a big mood booster for my fellow Alaskans and those of us living in northern climates! We are often rather sun-deprived for the long months of winter and some studies show that not only does vitamin D boost your mood, but it can reduce depression.
You deserve the chance to feel joy, and by slowly modifying your eating habits you can change your life for the better. When you choose your food, you choose your mood! Give it a try and see the difference it makes.