Food & Mood

Have you ever felt angry from nowhere when you’re hungry? Food and mood have an effect on one another. Understand how they interact so you can make good diet choices and avoid emotional or impulse eating.

Everyone knows after a long hard day a tub of ice cream would cheer you up while a plate of salad barely can do that. This shows the food-mood connection. People on diet generally have less sugar, less fat and less calories, this can impact their mood, to some of them, the impact can be significant.

Win or lose

Almost everyone would desire high calorie, unhealthy treats when stressed or depressed. It’s no wonder a whole pizza, a plate piled with fried chicken, or a chocolate milkshake can seem like a cure for a downer of a day–there’s a reason it’s called “comfort food.”

A cheat meal every now and then can be okay, but if you use food to battle the blues, you’re going to lose the war. Research shows that foods full of fat and sugar only increase the likelihood of depression and anxiety in the long term. When depression and anxiety come, you would want more comfort food, and they further make your anxiety and depression worse.

However, in the long term, healthy food can boost you up. In one study, the happiness that came from eating eight portions of fruits and vegetables a day was equal to the joy experienced by an unemployed person finding a job. Just imagine that you can feel the difference.

When you’re happier, your more likely to crave healthy foods. In one study, participants watching a happy movie opted for grapes, while those watching a sad movie reached for the popcorn. It’s easier to stay healthy when you stay happy. And don’t forget, eating healthier helps you stay happier.

So, when you feel upset, it’s okay to take high calories once or twice. When you do feel better after eating, you need to swtich to the healthier foods. As you keep eating healthy foods, you’ll be happier and positive.

Good Mood Foods

There are some specific foods to keep an eye on to boost your mood:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables — An apple a day keeps the doctor away–and maybe the psychiatrist, too. As noted, fruits and veg have been linked to higher levels of happiness.
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – This is the good stuff, found in foods like fish and nut oils. Low Omega-3 fatty acids have been correlated to  depression and impulsivity. Getting plenty of this in your diet keeps your levels high, that’s a good thing.
  3. Chocolate – As a special treat, chocolate may have properties that improve mood and even reduce tension. But remember, the key is to choose real chocolate (dark is best), and in moderation.

 

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.