8 Foods That Drastically Affect Your Mood
Food is essential for survival. Let’s face it, each bite we decide to munch on we don’t contemplate, “How is this going to make me feel,” yet it has the potential to make or break our health. While satisfying hunger and, of course, taste, is important, the truth is we are what we eat and the foods we choose can be for better or worse. This is why some may not skip a morning coffee or go for a tasty chocolate morsel to quell the tears during a break-up.
Think of your body as a science experiment. Remember the erupting volcano project? Certain foods can either cause an explosion lowering your vibration, igniting inflammation, pain, hormone imbalances, acne, and even more serious effects such as increased cancer risk, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. While others can have you stay clear and calm and carry on, decreasing inflammation, improving energy, mood, and memory, reducing risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The key question is what do we avoid and when do we say I do?
“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Science confirms energy can neither be created nor destroyed. We are energy. Food is energy. So, what kind of energy are you consuming and what role is it playing in your vibration, your spirit, and your mood? Here are some food items that change your vibration.
Sugar is so sweet, yet so sour for our well-being. This sweet treat can be as addicting in a diet as a drug. It is one of the notorious substances known connected to increased inflammation in the body. Who wants achy bones? The rise and crash of a sugar high can include increased fatigue, headaches, anxiety, and irritability. Studies have shown a link between high sugar intake and mood disorders, such as depression. Let’s replace this tantalizing villain with fresh, full of life fruit, shall we?
Although coffee hasn’t got a bad rep on the street, and it has some health benefits, a warm, savory cup of joe can actually kick on that fight or flight response and increase anxiety which isn’t good if you’re aiming for a high vibration. Have you ever had one too many shots of espresso and got the jitters? It may feel like a surge at the moment, but in the long haul, it depletes your natural energy. It can have that same spike you feel with sugar and take an addictive stance. If you love the feel and the routine of a warm cup for breakfast try these healthy tea alternatives: Rooibos, ginseng, and licorice tea.
Have you ever wondered why some liquor stores are called “wine and spirits”? It’s the effect the alcohol has on our spirit (and the potential opening to others nearby), creating a disconnect to your higher self. Alcohol is a known depressant and can have long-term effects on brain function and health. This “fun-filled” beverage can disturb sleep patterns, increase inflammation, and has been linked to contributing to anxiety and depression. Happiness isn’t found in a bottle; it’s found in the heart.
The hormones found in dairy products can wreak havoc on your own system, creating mood swings, and increased inflammation potentially in the skin and joints. Thankfully there is an abundance of delicious replacements! I switch between almond, coconut, and ripple (pea-protein) milk. It may be excruciating to give up the wonderful flavors of cheese, but I promise in the long run you’ll feel the rewards. There are a few wonderful cashew cheese recipes that are just as scrumptious.
You can uplift your spirits with these food options:
5) Leafy greens
We all know veggies are good for our health. Not only nutrient-packed, they also contain natural energy from the sun. Nature’s magic greens support brain function, aid in stress relief, reduce inflammation, and will help give your skin a natural glow. Consider throwing some kale, spinach, arugula, or chard in your morning smoothie to start the day.
Raw cacao, containing feel-good phytonutrients, is not only scrumptious but is a powerful mood enhancer. Stirring the production of serotonin and dopamine, cacao can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. This rich treat is used in shamanic healing ceremonies and religious rituals, symbolizing self-renewal, and connection.
If you’re used to sweet, milky chocolate it can be a little bitter at first. I enjoy mine heated on the stove with coconut milk and honey, you can add chaga mushroom powder or a splash of cayenne to spice it up. Don’t forget to invite me to any Cacao Ceremonies!
The vibrant blue/green algae, loaded with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and can assist in regulating the immune system. Spirulina contains an amino acid, known as tryptophan, that supports the production of serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are typically linked to those with depression. This organism can be a good source of protein and is a great addition in a vegan/vegetarian diet.
Chia contains an abundance of goodies including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and magnesium. These delicious little seeds can uplift your mood and reduce anxiety and stress. My favorite is 2 tablespoons of chia seeds mixed with half a cup of almond milk. Mix well and let the seeds settle and mix again. Refrigerate for at least two hours, add in a sprinkle of honey for sweetness and/or berries for an extra yum factor.
The power lies within our choices
If you’re looking to clear your energy, increase your vibration, and uplift your mood, the key is to stick to whole, natural foods and veer away from anything processed. Remembering the mind, body, soul connection and what we eat can directly be related to what we feel.
Don’t stop with food and check out some additional ways to boost your mood and shine on, meditation, yoga, creativity, nature, dance, gratitude and some wholesome laughter. <3
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