Good Mood Foods
Control how you feel by changing what you eat.
Some years ago my sister invented her 'Happy Sandwich'. The main ingredients were bacon and banana. I personally don't do banana on bread, and bacon is no longer on the menu for me, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness. However it did seem to bring a smile to her face. So, can we actually change our moods by eating certain foods? Read the articles below and try the foods for yourself. Also look out for food that should be avoided.
Good food lists
A Natural High: 10 Magical Foods That Make You HappyArticle / ByNatalie Hughes
This is a great list of nutrient rich foods which help produce seratonin and make you happy. I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of mussels.There are also a few tips on how to prepare and include these foods in your diet.
Good-Mood Foods That Reduce StressArticle / Bywhole living
11 foods to boost your moodArticle / ByKaren Gordon
Find out how Brazil nuts, sardines, oats, bananas, spinach, dark chocolate and a few more foods, boost your mood. There are easy and practical suggestions to include these foods in your diet which don't require you to slave away in the kitchen. I am in fact enjoying a few Brazil nuts and a banana for my mid-morning snack as suggested, while I type this.
Treating your bad moods
15 Mood-Boosting FoodsArticle / ByColleen Pierre
Colleen Pierre reveals which foods you should be eating if you have trouble sleeping, are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or if you're feeling; dull, depressed, irritable, tired or stressed. According to Colleen, if you're having a meat free meal, including high vitamin C foods such as citrus juice will double the iron you get from the plant foods.
SAD Meals To Make You HappyArticle / ByColleen Pierre
Yes this is more SAD stuff, but I do sometimes feel that we just don't get enough sun, living in the UK. Here are two menu recommendations for people suffering from SAD. One is high in carbs, the other is high in protein. Have a look and decide which will work best for you.
Moody food books
In the Mood for FoodBook / ByJo Pratt
I find that when it comes to cooking I'm either really excited about trying out something new or I just go through the motions. The latter is my default setting. Though sometimes, I really can't think of anything to cook because I just don't know what I want to eat. This recipe book by Jo Pratt organises recipes by mood. I think the 'In The Mood for Being Lazy' section was written just for me. And I could easily eat her Roast Mushrooms and Poached Eggs on Toast with Raw Energy Salsa for breakfast everyday.
Food and Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your BestBook / ByElizabeth Somer
This book is a fairly comprehensive reference on how diet influences our state of mind. This is not a recipe book, but it will help you understand your moods and which foods can help you manage your emotions. It helps you asses your diet and proposes the Feeling Good Diet as a solution to your mood related problems.
The Food and Mood HandbookBook / ByAmanda Geary
In 1998, Amanda ran a course funded by MIND, the mental health charity, which enabled women of different ages and backgrounds to share their food and mood experiences.They found that changing what they ate resulted in improvements which included; lower anxiety levels, less depression and mood swings. Some of the information in this book comes from these women. It also contains several real life case studies which tell the story of how individuals successfully changed what they ate to improve how they feel.