Stressed? Sluggish? Moody? Relief may be as close as your local supermarket. That's 'cuz what you eat affects how you feel. So what foods will put you in a good mood? Take a look...
If you're finding it hard to concentrate and feel like your mind is a pile of goo, you may want to snack on some protein-rich foods. Foods like cheeses, soy foods, and turkey breast are great for making you feel alert, energized and ready to take on the day. So if your brain's feeling a bit foggy, just nibble on some low cal string cheese, a veggie burger, or some boneless, skinless chicken breast. You may be thinking more clearly in no time.
THE ULTIMATE MOOD LIFTER
A little chocolate can fix anything, right? It's sweet, delicious, creamy, and seems to make us feel a lot better once we've eaten it. Well, it turns out chocolate's mood-boosting ability is not all in our heads--eating the sweet stuff really does make us feel happy, content and soothed. Why? Well, the fat and sugar, as well as an endorphin-releasing substance called phenylethylamine, that is found in chocolate, raises both serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. The result? Your mouth will be happy--and so will the rest of you.
STABILIZE MOOD SWINGS
Do you go from laughing to crying in a matter of seconds? Curbing mood swings may be as easy as drinking water. That's because dehydration can play a big part in our emotional stability. Don't get those recommended 8-10 cups of water a day, and you might just find yourself sweatin' the small stuff...
STOP FEELING SLUGGISH
Tired and lethargic all the time? Find it hard to get going in the morning? You may want to whip up some scrambled eggs or an omelette. That's because eggs are a great source of zinc, a substance that makes you feel more awake, energized and engaged.
Stressed? Nervous? Anxious? Soothe your nerves with some skim milk or a handful of almonds. Both foods are rich in calcium, and calcium is great for reducing anxiety and making you feel calm and relaxed.
Salmon and strawberries may be natures equivalent of Prozac and Zoloft. That's because folic-rich foods cause a boost in serotonin levels in the brain, much like antidepressants do. So the next time you're feeling depressed, grill some salmon, or treat yourself to a bowl of strawberries. Chances are, you'll turn that frown upside down in no time.
Are you sometimes quick to snap at people? Can you sometimes be just a bit, um, witchy? Well, instead of biting someones head off, bite into a brazil nut, some fish, or garlicky veggies. The selenium found in these foods is great for beating bad moods and easing irritability.
TAME YOUR TEMPER
Feeling angry? Reach for a grapefruit, some grapes, or some carrots! All three of these great tasting foods are rich in pectin, a soluble fibre that lowers blood cholesterol. Another plus? When you're angry, your body kicks into fight or flight mode, and your heart rate, adrenaline levels and blood pressure increase. Pectin reverses the effect anger has on the body, and helps your system return to normal.
CHEW ON THIS: Today, January 5th, is National Whipped Cream Day. We're going to celebrate by squirting some Fat Free Reddi-Wip on various and sundry food items. Weeeeeee!
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