By Michelle Tuffs and Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Need a little spring in your step? Maybe your zip isn’t quite as zippy as usual? I completely understand! Springtime seems to take a little getting used to every year. We’ve been hibernating, wearing cozy sweaters and maybe adding a few extra pounds over the winter has you feeling almost under the weather? Let’s discuss some foods and nutrients that can add some happy to your day!
What we eat has an enormous impact on our mood. So understandably tweaking your diet may be all you need to add that good energy back. These are a few foods that can lift your spirits right away:
First off are raw walnuts and cashews, One ounce of walnuts has four grams of protein which fills you up and helps keep that blood sugar level steady! Also two grams of fiber, and we know what fiber helps with!
One cup of Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium and also fiber. Kale is high in copper and is basically one of the healthiest foods on the planet! And there is a great kale option for those of us that love to eat chips!! Try making homemade kale chips,! You can add kale to anything you’re juicing and if you stir fry it on the stove try some Bragg’s amino acids or coconut aminos (non soy based soy sauce) with it and a dash of red pepper and pink salt, Yum!
One of my favorite things on this beautiful planet is oysters! AHHHHH! Oysters are so delicious and so healthy! Oysters decrease inflammation, are heart healthy and incredibly low in calories! These beauties are also known as the “perfect brain food”! All I need to know!
Coffee!!! No doubt it brings us to life in the morning! Boosts mental focus, increases dopamine, alertness and athletic performance. And it makes your house or office smell fabulous! What a mental bonus!
Turkey! Yes, that is why Thanksgiving is a “happy” day for many, it loads you up on serotonin, which is the “happy” neurotransmitter.
Last but absolutely not least is our good friend, dark chocolate. I’ve grown to love dark chocolate over the past three years, but I still adore her most when she has a few friends along, for instance, almonds, cashews, and walnuts!
So, with all these suggestions and spring right around the corner, maybe there are a few things you could replace with a “good mood food”! (I just made that up, cool right?) A handful of walnuts, keep them around, in the car, at your office. Create a smoothie with kale tonight. Call me and order a plate of six oysters at dinner, lol! Replacing a few snacks and getting these happy foods into your diet is vital so it may take a few sticky notes to remind you to add them to the grocery list but it will be worth it!
Feeling down or blue? We can help teach you which foods are best to eat and which ones you should stay away from. We can also run neurotransmitter testing on you to learn which neurotransmitter may be low (serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, etc.). And lastly, sometimes sadness merely is from a vitamin deficiency. Whatever the cause, we will get o the root cause of it and help lift your mood and your spirits.
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