4 Great Foods That Boost Your Mood Looking for a little pick-me-up? When you’re in a less than positive mood, what you eat can actually have an influence on how you feel overall. Tilt your diet plan in favor of mood-boosting foods and you might just find yourself feeling less down. Which foods are the best to turn to? While many people will quickly cite off all their favorite comfort foods – ice cream, pasta, pizza, and so forth (and there’s no doubt those may boost your mood), today we’re looking at the healthier varieties that will help you stay on track with your health plan. Oatmeal There’s nothing quite like a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal to boost your mood . Oatmeal is a great carbohydrate source and when you consume carbs in your diet plan, these will help to elevate serotonin levels, which will then put you into a ‘feel good’ state. Most people experience some form of improved mood when they consume carbs – which is why you often find yourself turning to carbs when stressed – they just don’t realize that just about any carb can have this effect. Make it a healthy choice and there’s no reason you can’t use this information to your advantage. Dark Chocolate Chocolate lovers rejoice! Dark chocolate is also a great mood booster . Not only will this one satisfy your craving in a hurry, but dark chocolate is great for providing antioxidants that keep your body and mind healthy and strong. Dark chocolate can help reduce blood pressure levels, calming any feelings of anxiety or stress that may have you down. Treat yourself to a small square when you’re feeling stressed and down and it may just give you the boost you need. Salmon On the protein side of things, consider eating salmon more often. While salmon is not going to cause a direct and immediate boost to your mood like indulging in some carbohydrates will, it will, over the long term, make a difference. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can help ward off feelings of diabetes and improve your brain health as well. Eating it a couple times per week could act as an excellent preventative strategy. Turkey Finally, let’s not forget about turkey. Think about the post-Christmas feast feeling you get year after year. Chances are you’re relaxed, unstressed, and feeling pretty good (assuming you don’t have a stomach ache from eating too much of course!). This is in part thanks to the tryptophan that’s found in turkey. This amino acid tends to relax the body and mind, decreasing stress and promoting relaxation. It’s also why you tend to feel like going in for a nap after the meal is over as well. Adding a moderate dose of turkey to your menu can provide similar benefits and help calm a stressed mind, putting you in a happier place. So next time a foul mood strikes, don’t let it get the best of you. Think about what you’re having to eat and ensure that it’s going to work for you. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn