Good Mood Food
A checklist to help improve your wellbeing…
- Keep hydrated – drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day
- Eat regularly – don’t skip breakfast
- Try to find foods that release energy slowly such as wholegrains, oats and seeds.
- Avoid refined sugary foods
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
Change your diet, change your mood?
Science says the answer is yes. Food isn’t just fuel for the body; it feeds the mind and changes our moods. Try these five mood-boosting snacks.
1 – Bananas offer serious mood lifting power – with their combination of vitamins B6, A, and C, fibre, tryptophan, potassium, phosphorous, iron, protein and healthy carbohydrates.
2 – Nuts – walnuts contain a handful of components that contribute to a good mood including; omega-3s, vitamin B6, tryptophan, protein, and folate. Brazil nuts contain selenium, another natural mood booster.
3 – Sunflower Seeds – are a super source of minerals thatplay a significant role in regulating and boosting mood. Just a handful of sunflower seeds delivers half the daily recommended amount for magnesium.
4 – Dark Chocolate – contains a number of substances that elevate mood including; fat, sugar, caffeine, phenylethylamine, flavonols, theobromine, and tryptophan.
5 – Eggs – full of high-quality protein and omega-3s, an excellent source of vitamins B12 (riboflavin) and a good source of vitamins B2, B5, and D. One boiled egg contains more than 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of tryptophan.
For information from National Mind on how food can affect mood, please click here.