Eat These Foods to Boost Your Mood!

Throughout each day your mood will be influenced by many different things. These can, of course, be both positive and negative and will affect the way you feel during each day. As well as your interactions with other people and your environment, the food that you consume will play a role in influencing your mood.

People who consume processed or sugary foods regularly are likely to find that they experience a low mood or even depression. This can be because these foods wreak havoc with our blood sugar levels which causes a fluctuation in energy levels. This can quickly lead to irritability and fatigue which will make even the happiest of people quite grumpy! Making healthy, positive changes to your diet across the whole is a great way to keep your mood steady but you can also try including certain superfoods for a quick boost!

Raw cacao powder is one of these foods and I would suggest you include a serving in your diet every day, especially if you are already struggling with a low mood. Cacao has a seriously impressive range of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals within and is responsible for the perception people have of chocolate improving your mood. However, with processed chocolate products you also get an unhealthy dose of additives and other chemicals which can disrupt your hormones and actually be of detriment to your mood! Stick to raw, unprocessed cacao powder and you will soon see the benefits!

Chilli is another fantastic ingredient you can use to bring a dose of happiness to your day. Studies have shown that when we consume chilli, in any form, it increases the presence of endorphins in the brain which in turn gives us a pleasurable feeling! It is so easy to scatter just a pinch on your lunch and dinner, alternatively you can choose a delicious chilli sauce!

As you will know if you read my blog frequently, I am an advocate of the amazing health benefits of coconut oil and when it comes to your happiness this is especially true! The composition of healthy fats in coconut oil, as well as coconut milk and other coconut products, boosts your brain health. A healthy brain leads to a healthy mind and I would suggest consuming it in moderation regularly!

Most importantly of all, be sure that the majority of the food that you eat is real, wholesome, plant-based food! Don’t sabotage your mood with rubbish that is going to weigh your body down and disrupt your happiness!

For more top tips on how nutrition is essential for a healthy body and mind, check out The Flexi Foodie Academy!

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Interesting … I kind of have ulcere, can’t it be dangerous for me to consume some pepper?

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Pepper can actually have a positive effect on some ulcers!

      1. But how? Can you guy tell me? 🙂

  2. So true that processed food brings you down, once I cut out pretty much anything that came in a package out of my diet, I have so much more energy and just feel better day to day!

  3. Agree wholly with this post and glad to be including chilli, coconut oil & dark chocolate without the additives in my diet most days!

  4. Carolyn Munoz says:

    Yeah, I love chili and dark chocolate already, good to know it will boost my mood. I am working on reducing my intake of processed food, I know it is not good for me, but I hate to cook and always looking for a quick and easy meal.

  5. culpritsmom says:

    Such good advice! Plants provide us with so much that we need! Thanks for a great post!

  6. moogerdog1996 says:

    I’m new to cacao and curious to hear suggestions for easy, fast ways to include it in my daily meals. Thank you

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Add some to your morning smoothie! Alternatively it is great for using in baking 🙂

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