Healthy Living ~ Feed Your Mind

Eat with mood in mind

You already know that food choices have an impact on your overall physical health. But some foods can also affect your state of mind. 

For example:

  • Carbohydrates release serotonin a “feel good” hormone. Just keep simple carbs — foods high in sugar and starch — to a minimum, because that energy surge is short and you’ll crash. Complex carbs, such as vegetables, beans, and whole grains, are better.
  • Lean meat, poultry, legumes, and dairy are high in protein. These foods release dopamine and norepinephrine, which boost energy and concentration. 
  • Highly processed or deep-fried foods tend to leave you feeling down. So will skipping meals. 

Start by making one better food choice each day.

For example, swap a big, sweet breakfast pastry for some Greek yogurt with fruit. You’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth, and the protein will help you avoid a mid-morning energy crash. Try adding in a new food swap each week.

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