We’ve all been there. When we’re feeling a bit low, bogged down with work, stressed with assignments, due on our period or just merely having a crappy day. It’s when were having one of those days where we want…. to eat.
And its never normally spinach or seeds.
Its normally something bad, something fatty or carby. Something begining with ‘ch’ and ending in ‘ocolate’….
Well there’s something good and something bad to say about this:
- that it’s completely understandable, everyone does it when they’re not feeling too chirpy and, because of the nutritional properties of chocolate, it scientifically makes a lot of sense.
Instead of munching on a toffee crisp, snicker or chomp, how about you consider some of the other foods that can help to ‘turn that frown upside down’ (….did I really just use that?) and your mood will soon be lifted.
Heres five foods that can help you when you’re feeling low…. Lets get started.
1. Chocolate, and I don’t mean a snicker bar.
Dark chocolate. Yes, the dark one. Some people scrunch their face up and turn away at the thought of the stuff and say it’s too strong and bitter… but could I sway you if I told you it is one of the most effective mood lifters of all?
Enjoying a piece of (70% cocoa or higher) dark chocolate provides an incredible sense of comfort and warmth and that rich aroma some find overwhelming is actually a means of relaxation and can calm the senses. A small cube of dark chocolate is effective enough to promote the release of endorphins that increases the secretion of serotonin. In addition, it also helps in decreasing the release of stress hormone cortisol even in stressful situations.
We all love eggs. Well, I certainly do; scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, egg sarnie, omelettes! They’re an absolutely amazing source of iron and protein, are naturally rich in B-vitamins -which are responsible for converting food into energy- and are sure to give you a sustainable hit of this energy which will last throughout the whole day. feeling energetic is key to lifting ones mood.
As a result you will feel more active, will be able to focus on work more effectively and can concentrate without fatigue or stress getting in the way.
On the contrary, we’ve got kale. Now, not everyone loves kale but it truly is a superfood- one of the best too. Packed with vitamins and minerals, kale is one of the best vegetables you can fuel your body with and is a real energy booster as it provides you with the essential minerals of copper, potassium, iron and phosphorus. Like with eggs, kale’s impact on your energy levels correlates with an improved mental state.
(To get the most out of the energy boosting benefits of this super veggie, ensure you cook it instead of eating it raw as it makes it easier for your body to digest and absorb all those important nutrients.)
A diet for depression and anxiety should include dairy products such as natural yogurt due to it’s high levels of calcium and vitamin D which not only play a pivotal role in improving bone strength and density but also helps to lift the mood by reducing the level of anxiety and stress.
Foods containing calcium and vitamin D is extremely beneficial in treating PMS related mood swings and anxiety. In addition, yogurt is also an amazing natural probiotic food that helps in relieving digestive disorders and boosts the immune system.
Did you know that the scent of coconut has been proven to be an instant mood lifter? Making it a perfect natural food for fighting depression and anxiety.
Coconut meat is a rich source of protein and fiber that provides much-needed energy to the body and reduces feeling of lethargy and fatigue while the coconut water is a rich source of potassium and is a natural isotonic drink rich in electrolytes.
Additionaly, the kinetin present in coconut meat helps clear the skin and keeping it youthful and glowing, which is gonna have you saying ‘I woke up like dis’ …for sure.