With the late arrival of spring and our current gloomy weather, it's not surprising that many of us are feeling down and blue. Unfortunately we can't control the weather, but we can control what we eat. Research suggests that certain foods affect our mood. Making simple dietary adjustments can trigger chemical and physiological changes in the brain that can boost our mood. Here are a few things to consider when aiming to improve your mood:
- Don't skip meals. You won't let your car run out of gas, so don't let your body run out of fuel! Skipping meals leads to low blood sugar levels that can impair our judgment and leave us feeling cranky! Food is fuel, so eat well-balanced meals and healthy snacks to ensure your body and mind are energized with nutrients.
- Choose complex carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These will help increase serotonin levels in your brain which provide a calming effect.
- Add in Omega-3 rich foods like salmon, flaxseeds, or walnuts. Research shows that a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids can improve memory and mood.
- Don't worry, be happy with B vitamins! Include foods like eggs, fortified whole grains and cereals into your diet to get the spectrum of B vitamins which help us get energy from food and keep our nervous system healthy.
Take a closer look at how your diet is impacting your mood. Could you make any changes?
I’ll have more tips on avoiding "bad mood" foods tomorrow to help you "Feel Better and Live Longer!"
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC, AADP
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor
Succeed Health, LLC