3 Surprising Ways Food Can Affect Your Mood

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If you’re anything like me, you can experience hundreds of different of moods/emotions every single day.  I can be feeling on top of the world, unbeatable, then the next minute I’ve crashed. I just want to lie in bed and Netflix the day away. Don’t look at me like that reader, I know you do it too!

But what if I told you, you can adjust those moods by what you consume. You suddenly feel sluggish, but you’ve got a big work presentation coming up, disaster right? You actually need to be able to converse, rather than hiding under your desk. Well, run out of the office to your closest store. We’re going to tell you what you need to eat depending on your mood.

If you’ve been feeling low…

In the last two days, did you eat a lot of saturated fats and sodium? It’s been reported that approximately two days after eating food containing saturated fats and sodium, leads you might start to feel negative and depressed.

Eat some carbohydrates which aren’t filled with protein or fat, they help amino acids called tryptophan to flood your brain, tryptophan produces serotonin which will help to boost your mood and curb any food cravings! So what can you eat? Try toasting some whole wheat bread and then spreading a generous layer of honey on top, delicious and quick. But if you’re desperate for a snack, why not treat yourself to some popcorn!

Just make sure to steer clear of proteins such as chicken or turkey as they will suppress the serotonin. No turkey and avocado club for you. But I don’t come bearing just bad news, if you eat dark chocolate every day for two weeks, you will reduce your stress hormones. Say no more, I don’t need to be told twice to eat chocolate every day.

If you’re feeling tired…

Stay away from that coffee! I see you picking up that mug, put it down! Trust me, while it may initially give you that buzz, the crash after will hurt- but if you’re going to insist, keep it down to 3 cups a day. Eating the right foods can help combat that fatigue, by making you more energized, focused and alert! Everything you need to be at work. Your boss is going to love you.

An easy option is oatmeal or granola, whole grains are a savior for those days you just can’t seem to get out of bed. Carbs are often seen as the devil, but most people fail to remember that carbs are the body’s primary source of energy! Especially whole grains, which are absorbed much slower, which means you’re going to have more energy throughout the day. Almonds are also a great way to get some energy, they contain magnesium which is essential for muscle function. So why not toss some almonds into your oatmeal!

If any little thing irritates you…

Avoid the coffee, caffeine can make some people really irritated, especially if they have sugar in it, too. The caffeine found in coffee produces a heightened sense of perception by stimulating the brain, which will make you more aware of mild annoyances.

If you find yourself with a suddenly shorter fuse, try giving up coffee and sugar for a month, then if you’re feeling better, but don’t want to give up the caffeine, slowly start incorporating it back into your life. If you notice changes in your mood, it’s time to kiss it goodbye, unless you want to be the grinch. If there is no change and you’re still calm, start with the sugar.

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