You are what you eat. Is that old saying really true? Actually, it is.
The foods we eat can absolutely affect the way we feel and ultimately, our mood. It’s no secret that when we eat good foods, we generally feel pretty good and when we eat poor quality processed foods we feel lousy. Protein contains tryptophan which makes the body feel calm and happy. Cheese, lean turkey, chicken breast, yogurt, tuna and eggs are all good sources of protein. Be sure to add in complex carbohydrates like 100% whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice, beans, legumes, and oatmeal. Carbohydrates release serotonin which is a “feel-good hormone.”
Eat the rainbow- certain vitamins release feel-good hormones as well. Vitamins B and D are mood boosting vitamins.
B vitamins come from:
- Red, blue and purple berries
- Orange carrots, squash and peaches
- Dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale and spinach
Vitamin D comes from:
- Low fat dairy