Do you know there is a connection between the food you and how you feel?
As we all now, mood changes and anxiety are on a rise across the country and the globe from the life changes we all experienced in 2020. We see these changes from young children to our senior adults. We are all moving through this and has become a part of every day life.
The good news is that we can help ourselves support our moods and begin reducing our anxiety.
How we eat and what we eat can help us. And by knowing some key Food~Mood connections, you can begin making a change today.
Here are a my Top 5 Foods that you can incorporate in your daily food plan to help you build reliance and lessen your anxiety.
What to Put In:
1. Healthy fats: cold water fish, nuts, flax and chia seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, avocado oil, grass fed/organic butter and heavy cream.
It is well documented in research that healthy fats improve mood and brain function.
2. Protein: 2-4 ounces at each meal and snack ( Visually, 3 ounces of protein looks like the size of a card deck or size of your palm so a little less for 2oz and a little more for 4oz.)
Protein is needed to make amino acids which are the building blocks to mood calming Serotonin.
3. Magnesium: Found in leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
Magnesium is important element for calming brain and body.
4. Antioxidant foods and spices: Think yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.
Vegetables: purple and yellow carrots, sweet potatoes, rainbow chard, colored peppers.
Fruits: all berries, apples, citrus.
And Spices: Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cumin, Garlic, Ginger, Onion.
5. Regular Input: Eating either a meal, small snack, or mini meal every 3 hours.
Anxiety is connected with low blood sugar. Regular inputs keep your blood sugar level balance
and your mood up.
Good Food ~ Good Mood.