3 Ways to Boost Your Mood With Food
Let's be honest, most of us indulge in something sweet when we are stressed or upset.
During lock-down I started by reaching towards a huge bar of chocolate every night for at least a month. It was something for me to look forward to & I felt that I deserved it.
But this wasn’t doing me any favours. It resulted in a quick blood sugar crash, irritability & unnecessary sugar intake which was slowly building up my “beer belly” look.
I knew I had to change something so I swapped the chocolate each evening to some Options Hot Chocolate to take the edge off my sweet tooth instead.
Believe it or not by making this one change it removed my normal 230kcal (30g of sugar) bar of chocolate each evening and replaced it to a 40kcal cuppa (5.7g of sugar). From that one change it gave reduction of 170.1g of sugar each week!
I can honestly say that this change has empowered me by this new self-discipline & from my steady blood sugar levels. This is why I had to share my experience so you can give it a try!
Alongside this I reviewed what I was eating throughout the day and tweaked it slightly by replacing some of the foods with the three mood boosting food steps below:
Step 1. Added foods that are rich in Omega 3. Growing evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish such as sardines, salmon, and mackerel) may have a role in brain functioning.
Step 2. Added some whole grains. These are important sources of B vitamins, which are nutrients vital for brain health. I replaced some lunches with wild or brown rice.
Step 3. Added some leafy greens. This came in the form of spinach and other green vegetables. These contain the B vitamin folate.
Folate deficiency may impair the metabolism of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline (neurotransmitters important for mood). So make sure you grab some spinach like Popeye.