Not every day will be a good day. Some days are better than others, and sometimes you feel like you’re in a slump and can’t get out. We’ve all been there, and we are here to help! We sat down with one of our in house nutritionists - Sarah Jane Sandy - and she gave us the low-down on her favorite mood boosting foods. Instead of grabbing comfort foods - something that will only improve your mood temporarily - Sarah suggests grabbing some of these instead:
Coconut (Water, Flesh/Meat, Oil and Butter)
Coconut products contain medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy rather than store it as fat. Coconut is an awesome food to prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout the day.
Have you ever noticed that walnuts look like a brain?! Gives us a pretty good idea of how good they are for our brain & mood health. The unique thing about walnuts is that they are the nuts richest in the essential fats known to improve cellular health. Just 10 walnuts each day helps to optimize cell wall composition and has been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels, which will also help to improve blood flow around the body, especially to the brain so the brain can produce all our happy brain chemicals.
Wild Caught Salmon
Salmon (and wild caught sardines) are one of the best food sources of the long chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids: DHA and EPA. A single bpa-free tin of wild caught sardines or a 6 oz serving of wild caught salmon provides you with your entire daily intake of these essential mood boosting fats. Omega 3 fats have a powerful role in improving your cells ability to take up essential hormones, including those involved in mood regulation.
Eggs are one of the best sources of the vital nutrient choline. Choline has been shown to have a number of vital functions including optimal cell membrane function and neurotransmission thought to be related to mood, learning, memory and energy levels.
Unsweetened, pure raw cacao powder (the stuff that real chocolate is made of) stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that bring on feelings of pleasure. It's also rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer, crucial in the production of serotonin, which diminishes anxiety and has the same impact as love in our brain. It's our richest source of magnesium which is a mineral that is critical for optimal brain function and making sure you have plenty of magnesium in your diet is a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities, such as mood enhancement, learning and memory.
Red Meat (Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished)
One of the most common causes of fatigue in women aged 24-35 years is low iron. Iron is critical for optimal energy production, an important element to a happy mood!