Ever since I left my home and went away to college, I have been profoundly interested in the role that food can play in positively or negatively affecting the human body. Before researching the issue, I assumed that the food products I consumed could indeed play a role in things such as the depth and scope of my emotions as well as the mood swings I experienced. In studying this subject, I found that my presumptions were correct. If you are attempting to maximize your mental and physical health, you should recognize the role that the foods you eat can play in this process. Here are three eating patterns that you can follow to lift your mood, thereby contributing to a greater dimension of wellness in your mind and body:
1. Eat Light, Frequent Meals.
In discussing how food can elevate your mood, FitSugar notes that it can prevent dips in blood sugar levels. As many health experts know, these dips in blood sugar can have a negative impact on your mood. To ensure that your blood sugar levels do not fall too low and thereby contribute to a negative mood, be sure to plan your snacks and meals so that you won’t grow too hungry as a result of food deprivation. Ideally, you should have four to six episodes of eating each day. This number makes room for snacks that are not as large as a food session that constitutes a meal.
2. Limit or Eliminate Consumption of Refined Carbohydrates.
Numerous studies have shown us that foods such as candy, soda, cookies and white flour contain concentrated sugar. Oftentimes, we choose to consume these types of foods despite the fact that they are unhealthy because they give us an immediate and very pleasurable surge in energy. The problem with the energy rush that refined carbohydrates offer us is that they eventually result in a “crash,” or loss of energy. The end result is a feeling of fatigue, which can be linked to negative moods. To avoid these negative moods, try eating purer sources of sugar such as fresh fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges. One fun, easy way to ensure that you replace poor sources of sugar with better ones is to start making smoothies. I’m a big fan of banana smoothies, and there are a plethora of other great recipes out there.
3. Eat Omega-3 Fats.
In a study demonstrating how food affects mood, British scientists found that 2/3 of patients who were given an omega-3 fatty acid called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) began to experience fewer symptoms of depression. Overall, the study revealed that omega-3 consumption contributes to the production of a healthy, happy brain. Thus if you want to increase the likelihood that you remain in a good mood, you should strongly consider eating foods rich in omega-3. Omega-3 can be found in a variety of foods, including walnuts and flaxseeds.
In recognizing the profound role that food can play in enhancing mood, individuals who want to maximize their health should strongly consider making dietary adjustments so they can be as happy as humanly possible. By implementing the suggestions I’ve listed above, I am certain that you can be leading a more productive, positive life. Good luck!