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So Food Makes You Happy?


Trust me, you’re not alone. Whether we like to admit it or not, there are certain foods that we all crave when we’re in a bad mood. We rely on these treats to cheer us up–Ben and Jerry’s ice cream anyone? It turns out there are healthier foods out there that can still turn your frown upside down. The best part? They taste good too!

The important point is to understand the source of your happiness. Binge eating donuts and junk food might provide a temporary mood boost, but they are destructive to your health and daily living. The foods mentioned in this article will help promote a healthy lifestyle that can ultimately improve your quality of life in the long run.

One way to achieve this is to go nuts! Literally. Eating nuts such as pecans can help you achieve happiness through food for a long-term period of time. The best part about them is you can bring them with you anywhere. Throw some servings into a Ziploc bag and munch while your sitting in class listening to your professors. An article on naturalnews.com asks if you can really eat your way to happiness. The answer pertains to the food and mood connection. The articles states that the benefit of eating nuts is that they can affect the way the brain functions, which ultimately can determine a person’s mood.

Another good group that has been shown to help alter our moods in a good way are fruits and veggies. I’m sure this doesn’t come as a shocker. The best part about them is that is that you can eat greater amounts of them. Fruits and vegetables can help prevent you from developing diseases such as cancer or diabetes. The trick with these  is that they have to be fresh. The nutrients found within them contribute to a positive mood.

If chosen wisely, carbs can be a perfect choice. Even though they have a negative stigma, they can and should be consumed. The key is moderation and quality. Choose whole grains and oats because they contain more nutrients than the average carb. Redbookmag.com explains that when carbs are consumed they release a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is one of the chemicals that contributes to a calm mood. Pasta lovers rejoice!

Part of being happy is having a sharp mind. Foods such as turkey and eggs both contain chemicals increase alertness and enhance the thought process. Starting the day off with a helping of whole grains can ultimately give you energy, and let’s be honest, wouldn’t all our days go better if we it started with an extra boost?

Health and happiness can easily be achieved and maintained by substituting junk food with nutritious eats. Indulge every once in awhile and keep portions in check. You deserve it.  Eating should be an enjoyable activity so don’t worry about every little bit you take. Love and respect yourself by eating wholesome foods and your body will return the favor by providing you with health and happiness.

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This entry was posted on September 15, 2011 by in Bliss, Healthy Belle and tagged , , , , , , .
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