Good Mood Foods
Ready to feel calm, capable and HAPPIER? Focus on Good Mood Foods!
For fastest progress toward better mood and digestion, stick largely to the foods on these lists for awhile. When you suddenly realize how seriously food is affecting your mood and life, it’s totally overwhelming to try to figure out a new way! It’s always WAY easier to focus on what you CAN have.
You can have a lot!
What makes a ‘Good Mood’ Food?
~ They Nourish Important Systems ~
~ Anti-inflammatory; They Don’t Aggravate ~
~ Easy to Digest, & Very Low Allergen ~
~ Essential Nutrients ~
~ Blood Sugar Friendly ~
Specific foods to include to kick-start your Happiness
High quality protein in regular doses throughout the day. You can easily get your full requirement of protein from plants, beans, and a few specific gut and brain-friendly grains. No animals required!
The biggest ways:
Protein helps stabilize blood sugar- low blood sugar is a main physiological cause of overwhelm, sadness, anxiety, and stress feelings. In simple terms, protein supports the ability of your body to create and regulate “happiness hormones”.
To be proactive and avoid tons of imaginary stress completely, eat small protein snacks all day long. I like to call it a “slow drip”. Combining this with some “good fats” and veggie fiber is ideal.
If you have kidney problems, find a nutritionist that is willing to work with your doctor. Kidney problems can be aggravated by too much of the wrong types of protein.
The Proper Amount of Protein
The Daily recommended intake is 46 grams per day for the “average” sedentary 127 pound woman (ehem!), and 56 grams for the “average” sedentary 156 pound man. That’s .36 grams per pound of body weight.
Food for Thought:
There is reasonable controversy over this number, since recommendations to repeatedly raise protein requirements come from “Protein Summits” in Washington that are sponsored by organizations such as the Beef Checkoff Program and the National Dairy Council. These groups sell protein for a living! No wonder they keep wanting to raise the requirements!
Stick close to these numbers, unless you have a trustworthy expert telling you otherwise.
Lots and lots of veggies have plenty of protein to get you through the day!
All leafy greens like spinach, collard, beet greens, cabbage, kale, etc
Superpower your veggie intake by getting at least one serving of probiotic fermented veggies per day, preferably 3. Fermented veggies help heal the gut lining, improving digestion (and mood) over time!
Many grains and legumes can promote happiness. Many grains will actually negatively affect your digestion and your mood. Stick to the ones on this list for the most part, and avoid others as much as possible.
Seeds: Especially chia, hemp, sunflower, walnuts, cashews, flax
Fiber is super important for your digestion and mood stabilizing.
There are 2 types, and both are important. Fiber pushes everything else through and helps it assimilate, to put it simply. This keeps your insides clean, so that old food is not fermenting or rotting in your guts.
That fermenting process that occurs with lack of fiber can turn to toxins that affect your health and emotions! Fiber helps you stay feeling full longer, and keeps blood sugar more steady.
Vegetables are your best bet for fiber! Fast snack varieties like carrots and celery, or even a salad are great on the go!