It seems a common misconception that junk food can actually lift your mood; make you feel better and bring you comfort. What a load of crap!
Junk food cannot help you ‘feel better’, it can temporarily raise your sugar level, spike your insulin, leptin and ghrelin levels which will leave your body low, hungry and begging for another fix. So next time you think “I’ll feel better after this…” (insert junk food of choice) think again!
If you really want to eat some foods that will lift your mood and give you a healthy kick at the same time then keep reading…
Foods that Lift Your Mood
Boost those neurotransmissions and eat more eggs. Eggs contain choline which can help to improve your energy levels and mood. They are also a fantastic source of protein.
Drinking tulsi tea is not only a great way to boost your hydration but you can also lift your mood at the same time. Tulsi (Holy Basil) has been used for thousands of years to help balance the stress hormones and help lift the spirits. If you’re a bootcamp member you’ll already know that I swear by this tea.
Oranges (the fruit, not the type that comes from a carton) are little spheres of happy heaven. They contain a multitude of vitamins and two less publicised vitamins are B6 and Folic acid, which are both beneficial in staying happy and well.
The humble walnut is a little powerhouse package that can really help stimulate your circulation and mood. The composition of healthy fats and antioxidants found in walnuts makes it the most vital nut in existence. Walnuts are packed with protein and can help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Omega-3 is a powerful pick me up which helps naturally boost your mood. You can take a supplement to get the regular benefits and also enjoy them naturally through eating wild salmon and mackerel on a regular basis. Again, fish is packed with healthy protein so eating it regularly is beneficial for your health as well as your mood.
Mood Lift Tip:
You can lift your mood in about 5 seconds without eating or drinking a single thing. Simply stand bolt upright, push your shoulders down and back, and smile. The second you start to ‘act’ happier the quicker you feel happier and you appear more confident to the outer world. Your body language reflects your mood internally as well as externally so pick yourself up and lift your head high and you’ll soon get a spring back in your step.