I guess everyone has their own ways to improve mood. Let’s take a look at good mood food.I wonder what it is about feeling sad and depressed that makes us want to drown our sorrows with food – I reach for the tub of ice cream any time my emotions are ruffled and I am in need of comfort, and if my freezer is empty, I head out to treat myself to the tastiest burger in the world. I know I’m not alone in this habit; in fact, it’s a universal custom to turn to food when your mood is blue. Yes, there is something about the taste of good food that seems to nullify our gloom, but unfortunately, we do not realize that we are adding insult to injury when we stuff ourselves with fatty food that is not healthy.
While these foods may serve to soothe our ravaged souls instantly, they do us more harm than good in the long run, and eating them on a regular basis leads to obesity and its related ills. I realized my mistake only after a well-meaning friend who is also a dietician pointed out the irony of my actions – the ice cream that is supposed to make me feel better ends up making me feel worse in a few months’ time when my waistline begins to expand and those fleshy slabs hang off my hips. She suggested instead that when I feel down and feel like snacking, I switch to eating foods that are both healthy and that would literally make me happy, some of which I have listed below:
- Fruits: All fruits come packed with vitamins and other nutrients, and the sugar they contain helps elevate your mood when you’re down in the dumps. So peal a banana or eat some pineapple the next time you feel blue.
- Cheese: It’s a healthy snack, and one that’s tasty too. The tryptophan it contains is converted to serotonin in your body and helps uplift your feeling of satisfaction.
- Yoghurt: Another item of food that comes in various flavors and packs a punch in nutrition; easy to store in your refrigerator in place of your ice cream.
- Nuts and seeds: Try a handful of sunflower seeds and a few walnuts when your mood is down and see the instant difference in how you feel in an hour or so.
- Dark chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Get your taste buds to enjoy the dark variety when you feel like indulging your sweet tooth – it’s healthy for your heart and also helps boost your mood.
- Fish: A piece of fish a day keeps the doctor and the blues away – so turn to salmon, herrings and lobster for your mental and physical health.
- Lentils: They’re high in protein and also great snack foods – grab a bowl of boiled chick peas when you feel hungry or just want to munch on something.
If you do really crave junk food, then limit your portions so that you gain the double satisfaction of eating your cake and having it too.