Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Need a little spring in your step? Maybe your zip isn’t quite as zippy as you want it to be. I completely understand! It is so fascinating how I can wake up feeling fantastic and full of joy, and then if I cheat by eating foods that I know are not good for me, my energy drops, but this happy person’s mood will drop too. I do not think it is fair that food affects mood so much, but it does.
These are a few healthy food options that can lift your spirits right away; if you are feeling down or have any symptoms of depression and anxiety.
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 the bowels move, and yes, feeling constipated will cause a mood to drop. To make life easy as I work a lot, I keep cutting up pieces of protein in my refrigerator at work. Protein always lifts the mood as it is loaded with healthy amino acids, great for optimal mental health and your body.
Think about how food affects mood during Thanksgiving. Turkey! That is why Thanksgiving is a “happy” day for many; it loads you up on serotonin, which is the “happy” neurotransmitter. In my house, turkey is the number one source of meat protein, chicken is second, and grass-fed beef is third. Eating turkey is one way to improve your mood with food because turkey is increasing serotonin levels.
My favorite vegetable for a good mood: One cup of Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber. Kale is high in copper and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet! And there is an excellent 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!
Coffee is a good mood food but keep it healthy! No doubt that coffee brings us to life in the morning! Boosts mental focus, increases dopamine, alertness, and athletic performance. Many people comment to me that with coffee, their brain functions better. And it makes your house or office smell fabulous! What a mental bonus! I love a good almond milk latte with organic, low acidic coffee and a squirt of vanilla monk fruit around 2 pm.
Chocolate! Just the idea of adding chocolate as part of a healthy diet seems odd, but it isn’t. Chocolate is my favorite how food affects mood options! But again, keep it healthy and enjoy dark chocolate with the lowest sugar content you can find. I’ve grown to love dark chocolate over the past few years, but even more when I add it to almonds, cashews, and walnuts!
Do you want to learn more about how food affects mood for YOU? I can teach you which foods are best to eat and which ones you should stay away from to stay happy and healthy.
Sometimes a low mood is linked to a vitamin deficiency, a hormone imbalance, or a metabolic disorder. We can get to the root cause of any mood swings and get you feeling better.
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