Good mood food sound like a myth? Take a moment to think about how the food you eat makes you feel. Your favorite morning coffee concoction from Starbucks gives you an instant pick me up. On Thanksgiving, that helping of turkey leaves you ready for an afternoon nap on the couch. Or even the mere thought of having a french fry can make you smile from ear to ear. Having a bad day? You grab chocolate or chips because that’s what makes you feel better. But does it, really?
No matter what you eat, it can affect your mood—negatively or positively.
You understand more than anyone how stressful caregiving can be. It can leave you feeling down in the dumps or feeling like you want to run into the nearest closet to scream. One of the easiest things to do to combat caregiver stress and burnout is to take a look at the foods and drinks you’re consuming. They could be trashing your mood!
Boost your mood with some good mood food
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is an excellent source for energy production, brain activity and circulation.
These powerful little fruits are the perfect good mood food. Packed with antioxidants, especially flavonoids, have been found to seriously affect your mood.
Rich in potassium and B vitamins, bananas supply your body with energy, make you feel full and help keep blood sugar levels stable.
Avocados are a great choice if you want to improve your mood. They’re natural hormone balancers and will ensure that your brain makes the right chemicals needed to keep it feeling great.
Coconut is utilized by the body to produce energy instead of storing it as fat. It’s a super nutritious source of energy since it contains medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat that’s turned into energy efficiently and quickly.
These bite-sized foods are sure to leave you smiling. Nuts are full of serotonin, a feel-good chemical that runs short in supply if you’re feeling down.
Getting enough magnesium impacts your serotonin levels to boost your mood. And guess what’s a great source of magnesium? Chickpeas! You might recognize chickpeas as the main ingredient in hummus.
Lentils and other legumes like kidney beans and chickpeas (see above!) help to turn your mood around and extend energy levels. Around 40 percent of people diagnosed with depression have folic acid deficiencies. When they start eating foods rich in folic acid, they feel happier.
If you’re feeling a little blue, or just want to fend off stress, anxiety or depression, try some good mood food!
Know what else can boost your mood and reduce stress? A good book. Get comfortable with one of these 8 books for summer reading!
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