Foods That Make You Happy


Foods that Make You Happy 

Balance your hormones the easy, natural and inexpensive way.


Have you ever felt out of it, or like you're on an emotional rollercoaster and you don't know why?

     It seems like people today are more likely to approach almost any kind of emotional problem by making a doctors appointment, getting diagnosed and paying hundreds of dollars for a prescription that turns you into a dull zombie. We've forgotten how big of a role food is in our health. Food can affect our physical and mental health. By eating the right kind of foods and understanding why they benefit us, we can more effectively heal ourselves with the foods that we eat. 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
— Hippocrates

How your choice of food may be affecting your mood

     Below, I've listed situations that we put ourselves in by not eating properly. Each of these can cause us to have dramatic mood swings or feel uncomfortable with our bodies. Both of which can ultimately cause us to be distracted or even lash out to those around us.

  • Low blood sugar 

  • Sugar high then crash

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

     If we eat the appropriate foods that address these problems and improve our health, our moods will improve right along with it.


How to balance your sugar intake:

     We, as humans are natural beings. Our bodies need certain vitamins and nutrients in order to perform at our best. It's no coincidence that all of the vitamins and nutrients we could ever need are found in food that grows naturally in our world. Believe it or not (but really, believe it) there are better solutions for your hunger than eating a popular candy bar, which is overloaded with processed sugars and more sugars. We've all seen the Snickers® ads showing how a person can become extremely moody and difficult because they're hungry. Well, they've properly identified the problem, but let me assure you that eating a candy bar is not the right way to fix it. I don't know about you, but for me, getting a sugar rush is no consolation for the inevitable headache and energy slump that is sure to follow.

     Instead, go for a sweet potato! The types of complex carbohydrates found in sweet potatoes are superb for giving you seriously long lasting energy. They also help your body to break down carbohydrates, keeping you less bloated. Here is a great recipe for my Sweet Potato Fries that is incredibly simple and will fill you up with HEALTHY nutrition! Grilled Pumpkin is so delicious too, and only takes a few minutes to make. These are great options for giving your body REAL, QUALITY food. 


How to address your digestive issues:

Yeah, we all know this isn't an ideal situation to be in, but bottom line is that you are not alone. Literally millions of others are affected by this problem. Constipation can be caused by a lot of different factors, some including hypothyroidism and possibly anti-depressants and painkillers. However, you should know that constipation is most commonly caused by a lack of fiber and water in our diet. Look for foods high in dietary fiber. Prunes (dried plums) have a high concentration of fiber and also fermentable sugars that act as a laxative, making them great at getting things moving. Here is a list of other foods to eat that are healthy for you and will help you feel better. 

  • Water
  • Kiwi
  • Coconut oil
  • Popcorn
  • Flax seeds
  • Oatmeal

Rid yourself of headaches by eating these foods:

Water:

     Most often, headaches occur due to dehydration. Easy fix: drink a good amount of water and you'll probably find your headache subsides. 1 liter should be enough, however keep in mind that ideally you should drink 2.5-3 liters of water a day!

 

Bananas:

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     They are full of magnesium, which helps to relax blood vessels. Bananas are also a great source of Potassium, which is great for balancing electrolyte levels, thus preventing headaches, nausea, and muscle fatigue.

 

Almonds:

     High in tryptophan, almonds help your body release serotonin, that "feel good" chemical. They also are a good source of magnesium, which, like bananas, help relax your muscles and blood vessels.

 

Watermelon:

     The hint is in it's name, watermelon is full of water, thus helping you to rehydrate. It also has healthy sugars which help to weaken headaches.