Food and our brain controls our thoughts, movements, breathing, heartbeat, senses and just about every other aspect of our lives. In order to maintain efficient functionality, the brain requires energy. Energy comes from the foods we eat and affects the overall performance of our brain. By paying close attention to the foods we eat, we’ll be able to control the function of our brain and, ultimately, our mood.
Have you ever experienced the energy highs and lows that come with eating too many high sugar foods such as cookies, specialty coffee drinks, energy drinks or fast food? You’ll get a spike of energy, soon followed by a crashing low. Sugar highs and lows are just one of the many ways that food can affect how you feel. Blood sugar spikes and drops can leave you with a short-lived burst of energy followed by a tired, cranky feeling.
Diets high in processed foods spike insulin levels and promote inflammation throughout the body this includes your brain. It can make it difficult to focus, create brain fog, and increase irritability. In the long term it can create mood disorders. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effects poor diets, high in sugar and missing antioxidants correlate with decreased mental health.
This is why eating a balanced nutrient-dense diet of complex carbs, protein, omega-3 fatty Acids, B Complex Vitamins, fiber, and vitamin D is so important.
Here are 6 tips to Good mood maintenance:
- Resist skipping meals
- Stay Hydrated
- Think moderation, Especially for low nutrient foods
- Strive for balance in the food you eat
- Get a boost from “Good Mood” Food
- Keep a food diary and note any changes in your mood after eating certain foods.
Blog from Coach Meagan B.
“Good Food = Good Mood”