Improve Your Diet to Improve Your Moods.
It is said that you are what you eat. If food is any indication of your mental state then you may need to make some adjustments to your diet. Do you find yourself feeling bad at times and hard to cheer up? One likely culprit is your diet.
If you enjoy eating sugary and fatty foods, then there is a big possibility that the foods you are eating are affecting your moods. For example, there are studies that show there is a correlation between depression and unhealthy diets. Of course, there are other factors that can lead to depression, such as genetics and overall health. To make things easier for you to cater to your mental state, here are some tips you can use.
Make Your Diet Your Treatment Plan
Changing the foods you eat is not likely to immediately improve your moods, but the sooner you make those changes and maintain them, the better your moods will be in the long run. It takes time for your body to reverse the effects of a poor diet. Your diet affects your brain’s chemistry. Maintaining a healthy one can help to improve your overall mindset because your brain is able to change its structure for the better.
Stop Skipping Meals
You may avoid breakfast because you may not have the time to eat it or feel that it doesn’t really impact your day. However, going too long without eating can cause your blood glucose levels to tank and your moods to suffer as a result. Low blood sugar levels can also lead to the development of diabetes and other health problems. Try to go no more than a few hours without eating your meals. If you can’t get to a full meal, try some nuts, fruit, and other healthy snack items to help you to sustain your glucose levels and moods.
Even with the best laid diet plans in the world, you won’t make much progress if you don’t exercise regularly. Walks, swimming, cycling, and any activity that requires you to move faster and more than you normally would can help to increase your heart rate and metabolism, making it easier for you to burn calories, gain energy, and maintain a positive mental state.
Enjoy a Variety of Foods
Don’t focus on eating foods from one or two food groups. You need to expand your diet so that it includes more from all of the food groups. Fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy all should be represented equally to ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need.
Carbs Are Great
Carbohydrates often get a bad rap because of how they can affect the body when you eat too many of them. However, carbohydrates have a direct connection to the way you feel. They aid in the production of tryptophan which helps to increase levels of another feel good hormone in your body – serotonin. Add more healthy carbs into your diet to increase tryptophan and serotonin production naturally and you’ll enjoy better moods. Whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables are great sources of healthy carbs.
Change it Up
Maintaining a healthy diet has it challenges. To keep it interesting, look for different ways to give your taste buds a flavorful variety. Try out new recipes like Hampton Creek recipes so you can experiment with different foods to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for them.
Get Your Share of Vitamins and Supplements
Sometimes it is not possible for you to get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need from your diet. That is why you should consider taking supplements. You must be careful when taking supplements. Some vitamins, when taken in large quantities, can be harmful. If you have health problems or are under the care of a physician, make sure you consult with them first.
You can’t be too picky or too lax in the way you pick your foods. You should pay close attention to the labels on the foods you select and take care when preparing your meals. Stay active and join a few support groups so you can have a network of friends who can offer support along your journey to better health.
Remember, the foods you eat affect every aspect of your body, including your mental awareness and moods. Treat your body right, take good care of it, and watch what you feed it to ensure that you look and feel good.
I have been on a journey for over a month now and following these tips to help my moods have helped, hope they can help you!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.