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Mood Food: Can What You Eat Affect Your Happiness?

https://www.healthline.com/health/mood-food-can-what-you-eat-affect-your-happiness

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Mood Food: Can What You Eat Affect Your Happiness?
You know that if you eat a sweet snack, such as a candy bar or a sugary donut, you'll get a spike of energy, soon followed by a crashing low. Sugar highs and lows are just one of the many ways food can affect how you feel.

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Eat often enough

Eat often enough

According to research, eating regular meals and snacks at the same time every day helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. 

If you feel like your blood sugar might be dipping frequently, talk to your doctor. This could be a sign of hypoglycemia - a health condition that causes people to need to eat frequently.

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Don’t skip meals

Skipping meals actually makes your body less able to assimilate food, and you are more liable to overeat at the next meal. 

If you keep yourself from getting too hungry, you may be able to avoid a bad mood.

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What foods to avoid

The biggest bad mood culprits are refined carbohydrates and refined white starches that cause your blood sugar to go up and down like a rollercoaster.

Blood sugar spikes and drops can leave you with a short-lived burst of energy followed by a tired, cranky feeling.

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The best foods to eat

  • Protein to help slow the absorption of carbohydrates in your blood and increase the release of dopamine.
  • Vitamin D may help relieve mood disorders.
  • The vitamins folate and B-12 may help ease depression. Broccoli, lentils, oatmeal, oranges, dark leafy greens are good sources of folate. Vitamin B-12 can be found in cottage cheese, lean beef, and salmon.
  • Soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream and increase serotonin. You can find healthy amounts of fiber in oats, beans, pears, peas, and brussels sprouts.

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Researchers found that eating more saturated fat and less fibre from foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains led to reductions in slow-wave sleep - the deep restorative kind of sleep.

People who consume a high-carbohydrate diet fall asleep much faster at night, but the quality of carbs matters. People who eat simple carbs and sugar tend to wake up more frequently throughout the night while eating complex carbs that contain fibre may help you obtain more deep, restorative sleep. This is because complex carbohydrates provide a more stable blood sugar level.

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As people lose sleep, they may seek out more junk food. Healthy adults who sleep only four or five hours a night end up eating more calories and snacking on sweet foods more frequently.

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Antioxidants

Our cells generate energy through oxidation, but oxidation also reduces the dopamine and serotonin in the brain and creates oxidative stress.

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Omega 3

Omega 3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are involved in the process of converting food into energy. They are important for the health of the brain and the communication of its feel-good chemicals dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.

Omega 3 are essential nutrients that are not readily produced by the body, so we must include foods high on it in our diet. 

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  • Insulin Resistance.
  • Improvements in your skin health.

Do Not Eat on a Keto Diet

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  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.