Food and Mood; 5 foods proven to make you happy

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Are you finding yourself in a bad mood too often and not sure why?  You’re not alone. Daily stresses and monthly hormonal changes especially for women can trigger unpleasant mood swings.  While yes it’s true, exercise, meditation and yoga will certainly improve your mood, what you’re eating can also.

There is a common link between food and mood, here are 5 foods recommended by Debbie Mandel, author of ‘Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life’, that have been proven to make you happy naturally.

Learn how to make the best hummus here.
Learn how to make the best hummus here.

A Mediteranean diet will actually reduce stress and help you feel mentally and physically healthier.  Foods include lots of fruits, nuts, vegetables, olives, a little red meat, hummus, fish several times per week, healthy fats like olive oil, some wine in moderation of course and low-fat dairy such as Greek yogurt and cheese.

 

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Complex carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet to begin with but they also generate serotonin, affecting brain chemistry and balance in women) that makes you feel happier.  So if your’re feeling low, depressed and moody eat more whole grain bread, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain pasta and experience a natural life lift.

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Lean proteins play a part in losing and maintaining weight, a healthy lifestyle and are essential to building muscle mass,  but did you know that they also affect your mood?These foods include chicken, fish and eggs.  Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs here.

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Omega-3 fats are important for heart health, are anti-inflammatories, but also affect your brain health by positively affecting your mood.  Foods like salmon, walnuts, flaxseed oil and halibut should be eaten several times per week.

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Dark chocolate has been known to be a very healthy sweet treat but it also releases stress and enables you to feel more alert.  So when you’re feeling a little down, take a bite of dark chocolate, make sure it’s 80% cocoa, and turn your mood around.

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