Leafy greens can improve your mood!
Recently I've noticed that whenever I snack on lots of sugary foods—candy, cookies, non-diet soda, etc.—I often feel down in the dumps. I thought this was just a coincidence until I read about how diet can affect mood swings.
According to Psychology Today, certain foods can help to maintain and even boost your mood. Here are six ways to feed a good mood:
1. Eat regularly, especially in the morning. Eating small, balanced meals throughout the day helps to keep your blood sugar and your moods stable.
2. Include enough protein in your diet. Eating lean protein such as chicken, eggs, soy, low-fat dairy, etc. is a great way to help food last longer in your stomach and bloodstream and keeps you alert for the next few hours.
3. Avoid simple sugars including white sugar, white flour, and white rice. This was my problem all along: the candy and cookies snacks were causing a sugar-high immediately followed by a blood sugar crash. Snacks made from whole grains that are high in fiber are a much better choice as far as my mood goes.
4. Eat fish at least three times a week. Whoa, that's a lot of fish, but studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help to maintain a good mood.
5. Get enough folic acid. Studies show that people with depression have low levels of folic acid (found in leafy greens, lentils, asparagus, and peas).
6. Avoid alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressent, it can drastically affect your mood. Plus, it can keep you from sleeping soundly, which could make you feel worse the next day.
Which foods help to improve your mood?