Nutrients That Improve Your Mood

Good morning everyone!

It’s currently POURING rain outside my window here in Boston. Third day in a row! Luckily, tomorrow they are forecasting some sun, but who knows with Boston’s crazy weather patterns! As much as I love having four distinct season changes in Boston, I’d be lying if I told you that I’m not jealous of all you west-coasters who experience nice weather everyday!

Breakfast

Yogurt always has a way of brightening up my day when the weather can’t! This morning I had my usual cup of Chobani 0% plain yogurt, but I changed it up and added in some fresh pineapple chunks! I was definitely getting into a “fix-in” rut, but these pineapple chunks were a total game changer! I don’t believe that I hadn’t thought of this sooner! If you haven’t tried this yet, I suggest that you do, like NOW! Especially if you are one of those people who think that Greek yogurt is a little to sour or bland. The pineapple adds some extra sweetness and tartness that really hits the spot!

Nutrients That Improve Your Mood

It’s no secret that eating better improves your mood. It only makes sense that if you are eating better you will also feel better. However life tends to get in the way, and when you are feeling stressed, depressed or sad you might not eat as healthy as you should. Often times, this may lead you to developing bad eating habits that will only make you feel worse in the end.

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For example, when times are tough your sleep is usually the first thing to suffer. This causes you to feel tired and irritable, which may cause you to crave caffeine. The caffeine will bring on sugar cravings, because your body is searching for the missing nutrients that you are not feeding it. Similarly, you may decide to go out for a few drinks to try and get your mind off your problems. Since alcohol reduces your inhibitions, it may make you crave salty, fatty and sugary foods. This will not only effect your slumber, but it will also leave you feeling bloated, dehydrated (and hungover) the next day. It’s a vicious cycle my friends!

The best wat to avoid this cycle is to eat healthy and live stress free every day! Since that’s pretty much impossible to do every single day, the next best thing you can do is eat mood enhancing foods! Certain foods are scientifically proven to boost the productivity of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls good moods. Obviously some stress in your daily life is inevitable, but if your feeling down all the time it may be a sign that you are missing out on essential mood boosting nutrients. These foods will elevate your mood and help bust stress levels….but only if you eat them!

  • Vitamin B Complex Foods: Foods containing Vitamin B often have the protein Tryptophan that can be converted into Serotonin. Tryptophan can be found in a variety of foods that have also been linked to help fight depression. They include: Bell peppers, figs, bananas, cauliflower, eggs, fish, poultry and dark leafy greens such as kale, brussel sprouts and spinach.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3′s are heart healthy fats that aid mood, memory, attention and concentration. They can be found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, herring and sole and in walnuts, flax oil and flax-seed.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is a fabulous nutrient that stabilizes mood, and also helps regulate sleep. It is especially necessary for women because it can also aid PMS symptoms. It can be found in dark leafy vegetables, halibut, scallops, oysters, wheat germ, certain nuts and pumpkin seeds.
  • Vitamin C: This nutrient help circulate oxygen through your brain which helps to boost your mood. Oranges are probably the most common known food source for vitamin C, but it can also be found in kiwi, strawberries, cabbage, tomatoes and broccolli.
  • Fiber: Fiber fills you up quickly, gives you lots of energy and helps keep your digestive system on track! You should aim for 20-30 grams of fiber or more per day! The best sources are whole grains (such as oatmeal), fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables and beans.
  • Vitamin D: Similar to Vitamin B, this nutrient also the amount of Serotonin in your body. It especially helps with “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)” which is also known as the winter blues. It can be found in fish with bones, low fat milk, fortified soy milk and egg yolks.

If you eliminate the processed junk and increase the fruits, veggies, whole grains and good fats that you have in your diet, you will look and feel a whole lot better. It’s important to remember that small changes really can make a big difference, and theres no need to fall victim of all the “sugar-free” or “non-fat” marketing gimmicks out there. Keep your food whole, keep it real and keep it (mostly) organic, and you’ll be eating your way to a healthier and happier life in no time!

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Which foods enhance your mood?

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Comments

  1. Great Great Post! I needed this today- it was perfect! I have been trying to eat better..falling short of ideas this helped me out so much! Thank you!!

  2. Like you said, I’ve found that eating better has an incredible impact on my mood! Not only do you feel better, but you feel like you look better, and that confidence radiates! Thanks for the great post! (Oh, and for yogurt fixins–try bananas, pineapple, and coconut! I did that the other day and it was DELICIOUS!!!)

    • That sounds amazing! I will try it tomorrow! Thank you :)

    • Love the pictures of your wenddig and reception on your Mom/Dad’s blog! I’ve never seen those before! Makes me wonder if there are more beautiful unseen pictures. Love reading your blog! Kind of makes me want to start my own, but not sure if I’d dedicate myself to it. You’re wenddig is beautiful! Makes me want to marry Ricky all over again! I guess we’ll just have to wait 20 years for our Little Sara Kate to find her Prince Charming!Happy Anniversary!

  3. What an informative post! I don’t know about you, but everyday I read these things I get more inspired to eat better; I think your article has given me the motivation I need to eat better over the weekend :)

    And my mood enhancing go-to is my Green Monsters filled with fruit, yogurt, milk, and spinach! Tons of nutrients packed into one shake.

  4. Oatmeal with natural peanut butter, almond milk, and fresh blueberries are a sure combo to enhance my mood!

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