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Daytime Good Mood Foods

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Why do certain foods make us feel angry/aggressive?

1.Your mood can take a turn for the worse just through your nutrition. Foods high in sugar and low in nutrients cause anger and over aggression -- Junk food.

a. Reactive hypoglycemia is an effect from foods with high sugar content that is linked to hostility and aggression.

b. Food additives, such as trans-fats and artificial sweeteners appear capable of including over aggression.

c. Dietary trans-fatty acids used in the fast-food industry can cause people to become aggressive and irritable: Anger and irritability comes from the dietary trans-fatty acids that are found in most junk foods as well as in margarine and cheese: 

Why do you feel anxious/irritable?

1. Food additives such as aspartame, food coloring and other dyes have been linked to increasing feelings of anxiety. If you're feeling anxious or irritable throughout the day, simple diet changes can be made to help you relax more.

a. Synthetic sweeteners like aspartame, & food dyes such as Red #40 and Yellow #5 & 6 in addition to high-fructose corn syrup are linked to increasing anxiety.

b. Dyes and artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that disrupt the function of the nervous system causing feelings of anxiety.

c. White sugar and white flour decreases the amount of Vitamin B in your system, which can increase feelings of irritability and anxiety.

2. Excessive caffeine, found in coffee, soda, tea and chocolate, can also cause overall jitteriness and feelings of anxiety:


Which foods should we eat to stay focused and motivated?

1. "Brain Food" is a real concept. The brain will thrive on healthy fat and protein because 60% of brain tissue is fat and protein foods promote brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine to promote alertness.

These foods can help us remain motivated and focused throughout our busy days.

a. Healthy fish, like salmon, tuna, sardines or avocado and nuts have healthy omega-3s that provide your brain with the vitamins it needs to function properly.

b. Whole eggs are especially good for the brain for the high quality protein, choline and lecithin they contain. Low levels of these nutrients are associated with low concentration.

c. In moderation, caffeine containing beverages consistently shown to improve energy, mental focus and performance, attention, mood and energy.

d. Water- simple adequate hydration will provide focus and counteract feeling irritable, lethargy and diminish mild dehydration headaches 

What can I eat to feel more relaxed/calm?

1. Many times when we are feeling stressed, we look to outside factors, like our job, relationships, etc. but where we should be looking to lower our stress levels by the food we put into our bodies. A balance of nutrients helps to support brain chemicals that help you to relax.

a. There are many foods we can eat in order to lower our stress levels, and feel more relaxed. Fruits are healthy and have natural sweetness to ward off sugar cravings and contain potassium, vitamins and powerful phytonutrients to raise tryptophan levels in the brain for a calming sensation.

b. Melatonin increasing foods are also a great way to feel more relaxed. Look to bananas and oranges but also whole grains and seeds like flaxseeds, poppy, oats, rice, barley and corn increase the level of melatonin in the body which is a sleep hormone and helps to regulate your circadian rhythm.

Eating to feel Happy?

1. It has been widely believed that there are certain foods we can, and should be, eating to put us in a better mood. These foods are linked to increase levels of serotonin, the mood-boosting chemical in our brains. So, eat up!

a. Spinach This leafy green has an impressive amount of folate in it to help keep you happy. An adequate amount of this essential Vitamin B helps regulate feel-good chemicals in the brain like dopamine and serotonin.(oranges and strawberries too)

b. Serotonin fruits are bananas, pineapples, papaya. Mix them with oranges and strawberries for a better mood smoothie for an energy boost and to lift your spirits. The potassium and magnesium in these B6 filled fruits will lift your spirits and give you the energy you need to power through your day. B6 needed to help convert tryptophan to niacin and serotonin.

c. Dark chocolate that is 70% cacao has high levels of the amino acid phenylalanine, as well as many other mood enhancing components. Individually the effect is small however when you combine them with great taste and the belief that is will help your mood you will get happy! Chocolate goes down easy!)

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