By Sam Wood
There are always factors outside of our control which determine how we feel at any given moment. However, there are often times when you are feeling a bit flat and you just can’t put your finger on the reason why.
I’m a big believer that these cases are, more often than not, due to food. If you think this sounds like it could be the case for you, take a look as I talk through some simple links between mood and food.
Processed food equals grumpy moods:
When I go bananas on the treats (which I will admit does happen from time to time, have you ever tried to stop at one Cadbury egg?!) I often find that afterwards I’m grumpy, tired and irritable. This isn’t due to disappointment that I’ve finished the bag but is related to the spike and crash in my blood sugar levels that comes from refined carbs and sugars. Keeping your blood sugar levels stable is an around-the-clock job for your body. When you overdo it on processed treats, your blood sugar levels can spike (hello sugar high) but they then crash as your body works to bring them back down. This spike and crash can leave us tired, irritable and not too much fun to be around.
Skipping meals means more than just hanger
Much like consuming processed foods, skipping meals can affect your blood sugar control and can cause a serious spike in your mood. When we don’t eat often enough, we’re playing with these blood sugar levels and this is when hanger takes over. It doesn’t just end there, skipping meals also means we’re more likely to overeat when our next meal rolls around and depriving ourselves in this way can impact our bodies ability to absorb food in the long run.
Tryptophan will put a smile on your dial
Our bodies need tryptophan – one of the most important amino acids, to produce our happy hormone serotonin. When we’re trying to include more tryptophan into our diets, foods like turkey, chicken, eggs, and milk are all awesome sources that can provide sustained mood boosting benefits. While refined carbs can be rich in tryptophan, it’s best to steer clear of this source as they only provide us with a quick and temporary mood boosting fix.
Now that you’re convinced of the impact that food can have on your mood, take a look at a few of my favourite foods that are guaranteed to lift your spirits.
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