If you want to feel calmer and happier, here are 10 “Good Mood Foods” which are scientifically proven to help you to feel more balanced in mind, body and spirit. Read on…
A lot of people when anxious or depressed reach for food. I used to be one of these people. I’m a recovered stress eater – who developed a bestselling video course which is helping many thousands of people to stop emotional eating.
But…there are some foods in your refrigerator which have been researched to be helpful for a good mood.
A study in the American Journal of Public Health reported that eating fruits and veggies can actually help to improve your mental health. Subjects reported increased happiness for each additional serving they ate in a day.
Below are 10 suggested Good Mood Foods to help you feel calmer and happier.
Kale, spinach and swiss chard are rich with mood-moderating magnesium – which help to influence those pesky mood-controlling neurotransmitters in your brain. Plus these greens are high in folic acid – and studies report sometimes depression is linked to a deficiency in folic acid.
Blueberries and blackberriers are low in sugar, loaded up with fiber, and reported to help prevent the release of “cortisol,” the famed stress hormone. Berries are also blessed with both antioxidants and “anthocyanidins,” known to boost brain function.
Salmon is famous for having omega-3 DHA and folate – all of which is reported to help to decrease symptoms of depression. Plus, salmon is a yummy source of Vitamin D, which can help with seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.).
A nice relaxing cup of Green Tea is rich in L-theanine, which is reported to have a calming effect on the brain while also improving mental focus.
Note: In my newest book Instant Calm I explain how to do a calming “Green Tea Ceremony” – which improves daily mindfulness and balance.
Dates have a happy ratio of tryptophan versus phenylalanine versus leucine – all of which help to increase serotonin levels which help to create a happier brain.
Oranges, grapefruits, clementines, mandarins – all of these citrus fruits are juicy with folate – which is a B vitamin reported to be a good mood enhancer. Plus they are blessed with Vitamin C – report to reduce the stress hormone, Cortisol.
Shellfish is a good source of Vitamin B-12, which, when deficient, is report to create feelings of fatigue, irritability and depression. Basically, B vitamins in general are considered to be anti-stress fighters.
Studies report that even being mildly dehydrated can hurt a person’s mood, energy levels and mental function. Try to start your day with 8 ounces of water – and by the end aim for 8 glasses.
Many studies report that dark chocolate helps to reduce stress hormones. One quirky study reported that after subjects ate chocolate they were more likely to volunteer to help another person! Meaning? Dark chocolate is a sweet which might help you to feel more sweet! However – you can have too much of a good thing! Please only eat dark chocolate in moderation!
Bananas are blessed with tryptophan plus Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and potassium – all of which makes this fruit a true good mood food. Plus, bananas are also reported to help with sleep.
STOP binge eating, stress eating – and STOP just plain ol’ eating crappy foods! Join Stop Emotional Eating– a life-changing video course – which will rewire your thoughts and emotions around food. Already Stop Emotional Eating has helped many thousands of people to slim down and feel good – including myself! These tools helped me to lose 20 pounds in 3 months – and keep the weight off for over 6 years – and still going strong! Stop Emotional Eating is a video course you can start right away – do at your own pace – and keep for life!
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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