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The Best Energy and Mood Boosting Foods

The Best Energy and Mood Boosting Foods

There is no question that what you eat can affect how you feel, right?

The foods we eat, and how they interact with our body and mind is actually very complex. While we don't know the exact mechanisms of how food and nutrition impact on our overall health and well-being, we do know a few ways food impacts our mental health and energy levels.

First, what we eat becomes the raw materials for our neurotransmitters. “Neurotransmitters” are biochemical messengers that allow our nerve cells to communicate (ever heard of serotonin?). They are important not just for our ability to think and our memory, but also for our overall mental health.

Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar. And having unstable blood sugar levels can contribute to mood swings and changes to our overall energy. Think about how you feel when you haven’t eaten for a while and are really hungry (hangry!) or after you have eaten a big meal and seem to fall into a slump depending on what foods you ate.

Let’s talk some more about mood-boosting and mood-busting foods.

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6 Ways to Stop Food FOMO Over the Holidays

6 Ways to Stop Food FOMO Over the Holidays

The holiday season is fast upon us, which means we’re suddenly at endless social gatherings where we’re surrounded by an amazing array of food temptations which are difficult to resist- especially when it might be a whole year before we can enjoy egg nog, Christmas pudding or rum balls again. It can lead us to feeling like we just have to eat ALL THE FOOD, because this is the only chance we’re going to have for another 12 months.

However, this fear of missing out can lead us to eat more food, even though we’re already full, stuffing ourselves silly, and basically ignoring all the cues from our body to only eat when we are hungry and to stop once we’ve had enough.

How to Stop Feeding Your Emotions With Food

How to Stop Feeding Your Emotions With Food

There are many emotional associations we have with food- positive and negative. When we eat because we are bored, lonely or tired we are triggered by our feelings and not physical hunger. Learning to be mindful, to deal with our emotions and connect with food in a positive way to support our mood can break the cycle of feeding our emotions.