Saturday, June 15, 2013

A FORKFUL OF HAPPINESS


Have you been feeling lethargic, irritable, or just downright depressed? Lucky for you, happiness is only a forkful away! Okay, I can't promise you that. However, health experts across the board do agree that incorporating the right foods into your diet has the ability to completely uplift your mood and recharge your energy levels. Whether you're stressed, depressed, or anything in between, now is the time to take a closer look at your diet in order to blend just the right foods into your meal plan.


Not only will eating the right foods help regulate blood sugar levels, but these "mood foods" will also keep your GI tract in check, allowing you to be your best, most energetic self. Although easy to achieve, people often feel all out of sorts from eating too much sugar and refined flours. This, unfortunately, will surge a blood sugar roller coaster, essentially draining your energy levels and eventually souring your mood. 

In order avoid the above mentioned dietary debacle while also feeling your best, here are a few pointers:

1. LIMIT ALCOHOL: If you're feeling down in the dumps, alcohol is the first thing you should avoid. Although sipping a cocktail will temporarily uplift and relax you, it's actually a depressant, eventually magnifying your awry emotions. 

2. REDUCE FOODS HIGH IN SATURATED FAT: Whether or not you suffer bad moods, you really should be avoiding foods high in saturated fat anyway. Recent studies have shown a clear correlation between depression and the consumption of saturated fats. When decreasing saturated fat consumption, contestants were able to relieve symptoms of depression. 

3. LIMIT CAFFEINE: Although your fresh brew might perk you up for a couple hours, you'll end up spiraling into a heavy fatigue. 

Now that we understand the basics, let's eat!

What To Eat...

1. Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish are shown to decrease symptoms of depression. {Eat it 2-3x a week for best results}
2. Fruits & Vegetables: Packed with key nutrients and antioxidants, fruits and veggies should be incorporated in as many meals as possible as they directly contribute to your health and wellness. 
3. Dark Chocolate: Made famous for its high amounts of antioxidants, dark chocolate is now considered a comfort food in more than one way! While it's full of antioxidants, it also stimulates your endorphins while also preventing the clogging of blood vessels. 
4. Selenium-Rich Foods: This means eating lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, seeds, beans, and seafood. These foods relieve oxidative stress due to their high antioxidant content. Research indicates the presence of selenium in foods greatly decreases depression symptoms. 
5. B-12 and Folic Acid: Folic Acid (Folate) and vitamin B-12 are two vitamins that prevent damage to the central nervous system, mood disorders, and dementias, suggests studies by King's College, London. Foods rich in these supplements include: kidney beans, lean beef, spinach salad topped with fish, a black bean burrito with chicken or pork, or an egg white omelet with spinach. 
6. Vitamin D: Mood disorders like PMS, seasonal affective disorder, major depressive disorder and several others are associated with low levels of vitamin D. To combat these mood disorders described, try eating egg yolks, cheese, breakfast cereals, juice, milk, or fatty fish. 

What kinds of foods or activities make you feel better? Share your feedback in a comment below!

XO Taylor

content: Web MD

2 comments:

  1. Had no idea about the Selenium! Great post!

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