Thursday, April 20, 2017

9 Mood Boosting Foods

It's late at night. The kids are finally put to sleep after an exhausting day. You still have things to do, but you are beat. You turn off the lights and go sit down on the couch to unwind, but not before you grab your secret stash of candy or the last of the cookies or pizza sitting on the counter. Its been a long day and you have survived. You think to your self, "I deserve this." Or perhaps you have just came home from work and your nerves are shot, so you head to the freezer and grab your favorite ice cream and a spoon.

A lot of people associate sugary foods or chocolate with happiness. Pizza and other high carbs foods are often considered comfort foods. These foods can make us feel good while we eat them, but then we crash or feel sluggish, bloated, or too full afterwards. While I too love food (no judging here) and am not against treats or enjoying foods, studies and research points to a direct relationship to our emotions and what we eat. That is the way our brains works, we naturally want to   turn to food to feel better. Stress can make cravings worse. Our ghrelin hormones are increased and we turn to high calorie, fatty, sugary, or salty foods because it turns on our neurotransmitters AKA the reward centers of our brain. 

There is good news though! The nutritional value of certain foods actually help nourish our nervous system, are great for our brain, and can help boost our moods with out compromising our health.

Nuts: Nuts, especially walnuts  and cashews are full of antioxidants and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are great for nourishing and repairing your nervous system. Nuts such as almonds contain tyrosine. Tyrosine helps nourish our thyroids which are not only responsible for metabolism but affects our mood as well.  Need I say more?!

Avocados: Look around the internet and you will find that avocados are on everyone's list of food that you should eat. This“super fruit,” has a number of health benefits. Due to a high fiber and potassium content, eating avocados can improve heart health and circulation, which increases the disruption of hormone chemicals throughout the body, making sure your brain is producing the proper chemicals needed to boost your mood. Also, they are full of tyrosine, giving your thyroids some support.

Dark chocolate: This is good news for chocolate lovers! This yummy goodness is full of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats which are great for brain health. Plus, these fats have been shown to reset cortisol. As if we needed another excuse to eat it!  

Salmon: This fish is full of Omega 3's. Incorporating enough Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet enables your body to receive essential chemical signals from the brain.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of those foods that attacts mixed opinions. Yes, it contains saturated fats. But these are medium chained fatty acids that your body utilizes quicker than other saturated fats. It is used more as fuel rather than stored, as long as you don't eat too much. One tablespoon a day is all you need to help support your thyroid, since it does contain those pesky saturated fats.

Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds: Nutritional deficiencies can affect your thyroid glands. And as mentioned earlier, this can affect your mood and overall well-being. Pumpkin seeds and seasame seeds are full of tyrosine, the thyroid gland helper.

Grapes: First off, grapes are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. Theses flavonoids can have more of a positive effect on your mood than that glass of red wine, since alcohol can act as a depressant. 

Shiitake mushrooms: Okay, so I am going to have to believe in my education and reseasech for this, sense I can't stand the texture. Mushrooms do not go past my lips! Anyways, these mushrooms contain B6, also known as pyridoxine, which, according to studies is good for improving your mood. Vitamin B6 helps with the production of neurotransmitters and serotonin. Who knew?

Which one of these mood boosting foods is your favorite to eat? Do you have any aversions to the textures of certain foods like I do?


  1. I love grapes and salmon! Its awesome that they are mood enhancers as well.

    1. Makes you want to eat more doesn't it?! :)

    2. I had a bowl of red seedless grapes Tuesday for dinner since I didn't have much of an appetite. Substitute pistachios or walnuts for cashews. Cashews contain high amounts of lectins (plant proteins) that aid in leaky gut, indigestion, acne, and other things.

    3. Mindy, I am a big fan of all things nut! I am nut sure why more people don't like cashews with all of it's health benefits!

  2. All my faves make sense Im generally always in a good mood. Will keep these in mind. Great post

    1. Thanks De! I need to go stock up on some more of these, lol!