Health & Wellness

Boost Your Mood With Food

By Tawnya Manion | June 13, 2013

 

When life gets tough the tough eat salmon? Ok, that’s not how the saying goes, but if the tough want to keep their spirits high through trials and tribulations they might want to consider such notions.

We all know that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet contributes to a sense of well-being, but did you know that vitamin and mineral deficiencies effect state of mind too? Or that even the act of cooking can reduce stress? It’s true, especially if you love to cook. Follow these three tips to boost your mood with food.

 

Eat beans and spinach. Low levels of folate and other B vitamins has been shown to increase depressed feelings, and these two foods contain copious amounts of it. Other great sources include citrus fruits and juices, whole grains, and meats such as poultry, pork, and shellfish.

Eat Salmon. Salmon contains two mood enhancing nutrients: omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin D. Numerous studies show a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and mood irregularity. Omega 3s assist in brain function and help for a smooth connection of  neurotransmitters.

Love to cook. The act of cooking, especially once you discover the joy of preparing food, can improve your mood. If you’re too busy to plan a meal or go to the grocery store consider joining a cooking club like HelloFresh. This company lets you pick out the meals you like on-line, then they send you a box that includes three recipes and all the ingredients you need to make the meals at home. Also, don’t rush in the kitchen, make the time you are there your “me time”. Turn on your favorite music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and move to the rhythm as you chop-and-saute the day away. 

 

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