You know that happiness is easier to achieve with a healthy, happy body. When you exercise well, sleep plenty, and eat nutritiously, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to feel good. You’re also fuelling your brain and mind, making it easier to stay positive and upbeat. But did you know that there are specific things you can eat to boost your mood immediately? I like to call this “eating happiness”.
Before I dive into eating happiness with these five ingredients,, it’s important to remember to balance. Just because these things up your mood doesn’t mean you should overindulge with them. Too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing so the same applies here. Everything should happen in moderation, even when it comes to eating happiness.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the five foods that have the power to up your mood.
1. Dark chocolate.
I thought it would be nice to start the list with a bit of a treat! Now I know dark chocolate tastes very bitter to some and isn’t really a proper treat in the eyes of another, but I urge you to reconsider it now. Why? Because dark chocolate has been shown to boost your immune system and reduce your stress because of the nutrients it contains.
A good quality dark chocolate has iron, magnesium and zinc, and even antioxidants and fibre. Best of all, because it does taste a bit bitter, it’s easier to eat in moderation. The higher the percentage of darkness, the healthier it is. Personally, I’ve had to shop around and test loads to find one that works for me – and I’ve realised that for now, 60% dark is the most I can go to enjoy it. I also believe that the longer I eat it, the more my taste buds will evolve to enjoy it, and hence in the future I will be able to enjoy even darker chocolates :D
2. Raw nuts.
Not salted or spiced nuts, but raw nuts. These are a perfect snack to have throughout the day, or to even add to your morning porridge or a lunchtime salad. Eating them makes you release serotonin which regulates your mood and they also improve your mental health, helping with focus and memory tasks. They’re also rich in nutrients, such as B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and Calcium. Just like dark chocolate, they also contain zinc, iron, and antioxidants.
I’m a total coffee lover but I also know that it’s a dangerous one as it can get addictive. When consumed in moderation, with a maximum of 2 cups a day and none after lunchtime, it has multiple positive effects. It has been shown to improve your optimism and even fight depression, both of which are closely interlinked. It’s also full of mood boosting nutrients like potassium, sodium, and B vitamins. So, enjoy your morning cup of coffee in good conscience, knowing it’s good for your body and mind!
Have your eggs any way you want. Boiled, scrambled or pouched. It all works, though of course the healthiest way is to have as little as possible other ingredients (like butter or creme fraiche) added into the mix. They have been shown to increase your energy and up your mood, this time through the omega-3 fatty acids, iodide, and B vitamins just to name a few. What a perfect way to start your morning: a cup of coffee with a side of eggs!
5. Fruit and vegetables.
This is a no brainer but needs to be mentioned simply as a reminder! Eating a healthy dose of fruit and vegetables, with an average of eight to ten different ones a day, boosts your energy and lessens anxiety. There are different nutrients in the different fruit and vegetables you eat, but a great way to ensure you get a good variety of them is to eat as colourfully as possible. Eat the fruit raw if you can and depending on the vegetable, eat them raw or slightly steam them as some of them can be harder for your stomach to digest.
As I mentioned earlier in the post, it’s important to consume these in moderation to not push yourself over the edge. Also, listen to your body if you think you have food intolerances or something that your body doesn’t seem to like. Don’t try to force it if your body is physically rejecting it. Other than that, I hope you can enjoy “eating happiness” as much as possible :)
Now I’d love to hear from you. Is there something you eat that you think helps to boost your mood? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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With that, I wish you good luck in your adventures and until next time!
Sending you love, light and happiness,