Foods Influence Mood
Foods have an amazing ability that can either energise, or turn you into a couch
the measure of the condition of our being. In the past a person’s health was defined as the absence of
disease. “Our health and wellness are outcomes of many and complex
interacting factors” Professor Felicity Allen, Health Psychology. There’s no doubt that we live in exciting, fast
paced times. Never in history, has society offered so many kinds of comfort and convenience. But the world we have created is filled with levels of stress, anxiety and
frustration that our distant ancestors could never have imagined, much less coped with. Now it seems more and more
people are looking for answers to the multitude of health problems that we face in our modern lives. There seems to
be a growing feeling that medical science doesn’t offer all the answers. And people want to prevent illness, rather
than just have it treated once they are suffering its effects.
our challenges is that as the weather gets chillier and the days are short and dark, it’s so easy to become
sluggish. A high-energy day means high-energy foods are necessary. This can be achieved in two ways. One by
providing nutrient rich ingredients such as plenty of complex carbohydrates, (low G-I foods) plus good protein
sources lean meat, cheese, tofu and fish which provide sustained energy. Second, food is more exciting and makes
you feel more energetic when it’s rich with satisfying flavours, spices and herbs.
protein-rich foods produce neurotransmitters that can excite you. Seafood is one of the highest
alertness-increasing foods that have a positive effect on your mood. Seafood contains tyrosine, which boost the
brain’s ability to concentrate.
protein for breakfast gets your juices flowing in order to beat midday fatigue and also to get you “up” for
business meetings. Drinking water keeps the brain hydrated and by eating fish and veggies you will be more alert
and able to negotiate. A perfect meal to carry you through a busy afternoon would be a Caesar salad with
grilled chicken or salmon with light dressing and only a few croutons.
Carbohydrate-rich foods like pastas and bread without the protein will calm you down and make you
that have the ability to increase energy and sharpen mental focus include fish, blueberries, milk, nuts, bananas,
broccoli, cocoa powder, and oranges. Bananas, for example, are high in potassium which lowers blood pressure, while
the whey protein in milk soothes stress and anxiety.
snack foods can be consumed very occasionally but be aware of foods that make you feel “sluggish” like fried
chicken, macaroni and cheese, and candied yams. Choose natures way instead by using natural plants rich in minerals
and the power of our own amazing bodies to prevent illness and have maximum energy.