Boost your Mood with Food

There have been some times in my life when I’ve felt down or blue, as I’m sure has happened to other people. I can’t say I was “depressed” but I might’ve been, had I taken the time to evaluate how I was at that time. For other people depression is very real and isn’t something that they can just shake off. What I have seen and studied though gives me hope that with some minor changes to our diet & nutrition we can manage this illness. Nutritional imbalances have been proven to affect not only the body, but the fragile chemistry that is our brain. I’m going to share with you some nutritional deficiencies that once corrected can make you feel better - and some recipes.

  1. Lean protein rich in Omega 3s, like Wild Salmon, Artic Char, Mackerel - cold-water fish, have plenty of amino acids that have positive effects on the chemicals in your brain, helping balance your moods. They are also a great source of energy.

    1. Nuts and seeds like Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Almonds are also high in Omega 3s.

  2. Berries, like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, can help prevent the release of cortisol - a stress hormone that aggravates symptoms of depression and causes one to retain fat around your midsection.

  3. Limit your sugar intake - anything that ends in -ose or that has ‘syrup’ in its name and be mindful of any hidden sugars, read your labels. Every 4 grams of sugar listed on the label equals 1 teaspoon.  

  4. Research into Folic Acid has shown that it can help boost your mood. Go for leafy greens, like spinach and swiss chard, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, lentils and black-eyed peas.

  5. A diet rich in vitamin B-12 has been shown to have a positive effect on the brain. To keep your levels optimal go for lean, grass-fed beef, clams, oysters, crab, wild salmon and organic, cage-free eggs.

  6. Vitamin D is also important for its mood-enhancing properties. Your body makes it from the sunshine, just 10-15 minutes of sunshine can help your body get its dose, but make sure you time it right, either early in the day or later in the afternoon. Organic cage-free eggs and fish with bones in it are other sources of vitamin D.

  7. Dark Chocolate!! (Just when you thought there was no ‘good news’ on this list!) But there is one caveat - it cannot be Hershey’s or Mars or a pint of Haagen-Daas!! In order to get the mood-enhancing effects of chocolate - it has to be at least 70% cacao and preferably organic.       

As you can see from this list - it almost exactly reflects what a truly healthy and healing diet is. The benefits of eating clean and lean will have positive effects on everything from your body weight to your energy levels to your hair and skin and nails and your mood!! It makes sense. No special fad diets or calorie restriction just real, healing food.

Spinach & Lentil Frittata

4 organic, cage free eggs

1 bunch spinach, organic - coarsely chopped and rinsed

4 scallions, organic - diced

½ onion, organic - diced

½ cup lentils, organic  (can substitute with a can of wild salmon)

2 tbsp butter, organic

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

*Start by melting butter over medium heat. Add the scallions, onions and lentils and allow them to cook for about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and stir it gently allowing it to cook down - this is going to look a little scary but put the whole bunch in. Add the sea salt. In a separate bowl - whisk the eggs. Add them to pan. Cover and reduce heat to low-medium setting. Cook, covered, for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!   

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