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How to Change Your Mood with Food

How to Change Your Mood with Food

Guest post by Justyna Zarzeczny from Thrive With The Seasons

If you were in a good mood, which would you choose: a bowl of fruit or candy?

What about if you were in a bad mood?

We’ve heard it many times before that food affects your mood. But it’s also been shown that your mood affects your eating habits. Studies have demonstrated that those who are in a positive mindset are more likely to choose healthier foods versus those in a bad mood.

When we are in a positive state of mind, we have a better ability to acknowledge the nutritional component of food. When we are in a bad mood, we are guided by our senses and instant gratification, which is why we are more likely to reach for junk food.

 So are you doomed every time you are in a bad mood?

Of course not. But your health depends on your willingness to change and practice mindful eating. 

How to choose a mood and nourish with the right food 

1. Identify your mood

2. Accept what you feel

3. Identify how you want to feel

When you choose to feel a certain way, you want to ensure your actions and food habits complement the mood. It’s up to you to tune into your body to help you determine which foods fuel you and which ones drain your energy, cause brain fog and deplete your body. Next time you sit down for a meal, ask yourself “How am I feeling?” And once you are finished eating, take a moment to bring awareness to your body and make note of how you are feeling post meal. You’ll be surprised how well you’ll come to know your body.

In collaboration with The Good Stuff, I've narrowed down 4 feel good foods that will leave you feeling energized, alert, connected, and relaxed:

I want to feel: Energized

Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies

Feel Energized

Nourishing with the right type of food fuel can keep your mind sharp and positively impacts your physical state so you can conquer the challenges ahead. Fuel up on-the-go with these Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies (from Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook, which I highly recommend), they will energize you and help you perform your best - whether you're training for a marathon or tackling a Monday spreadsheet.

I want to feel: Alert

The Good Stuff's Good Morning smoothie

Feel Alert

Monday rolls around and you’re back to your early morning routine. What you need is a flavorful kick to kick start your day like a champ. This matcha-infused smoothie will wake you up in the morning without making you crash hours later.

Smoothie ingredients:

  • Organic Banana
  • Organic Carrot
  • Organic Pineapple
  • Organic Kale
  • Organic Mango
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Matcha 

I want to feel: Connected

Herbal Tea

Feel Connected 

In a world dominated by technology, we yearn for a deeper connection with others and with ourselves. But how do we achieve it? Stop counting the likes, comments and followers, and set a date with a friend. Exchange stories, ask meaningful questions and listen.

Take the time to slow down, breathe and connect with nature. Deeply root yourself by taking a moment to enjoy a cup of tea and notice the flavours of the Earth. 

I want to feel: Relaxed

The Good Stuff's Madagascar smoothie

Feel Relaxed

With ongoing work and school deadlines, social commitments, relationships and hobbies, we need to ensure we take time for ourselves to relieve ourselves from everyday stressors. Take a moment to bring awareness to the present moment and nourish your body to keep you energized and healthy.

Smoothie ingredients:

  • Organic Banana
  • Organic Strawberry
  • Organic Carrot
  • Organic Mango
  • Organic Spinach
  • Goji Berries
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Chia Seeds

 

When you fuel according to your needs, you radiate, you glow, you are strong and you can achieve anything you put your mind to. No one knows your body better than you. If you were a smoothie flavor or specific dish, which one would you be?

Comment below with your signature smoothie/meal!

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