No question that what you eat can affect how you feel, right?
Mental health and brain health are complex. So are the foods we eat, and the ways our bodies interact with those foods. While, we don't know the exact mechanisms how food and nutrition help, we know a few ways food impacts our moods.
First, “you are what you eat” isn’t just a tired old wives tale. What we eat literally becomes the raw materials for every cell in our body, including our neurotransmitters. “Neurotransmitters” are the messengers that allow our nerve to communicate (ever heard of serotonin or dopamine?). They are important not just for thinking and memory, but also for mental health. Many of these neurotransmitters are our brain’s happy juice.
Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar. And having unstable blood sugar levels can contribute to mood swings. Blood sugar is like the junior high of our mind. It can contribute to some high highs and some very low lows. If it is not controlled...
It’s official! Organizations and governments are FINALLY declaring a maximum amount of daily sugar intake. They’ve been so busy telling people that the only way to get calcium into your diet is by drinking another animals breast milk, that the sweet white powder snuck right past them.
While this is a step forward, there are still a few problems. One - they don’t all agree with each other. And, two, I don’t necessarily agree with them either.
We all know sugar is NOT a health food. It has no nutritional value, and excess consumption is associated with many health concerns.
The problem is that sugar is everywhere. It’s naturally occurring. It’s also added to just about every processed food there is. And this “added sugar” is a factor in many chronic diseases we see today. Sugar is inflammatory. Too much is associated with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, candida and cavities. Too much sugar is a huge health risk, no matter how you look at it.
Fat is one of the three critical macronutrients; along with protein and carbohydrates. Some fats are super-health-boosting; and, others are super-health-busting.
Health-building fats support your brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods. Health-busting fats pretty much bust all of these. So, this is why the information I’m sharing today is so important.
As a general rule, the fats from whole foods that are the least processed will be the healthiest for you.
Here is a definitive list of the fats to use, and the fats to ditch.
Health-boosting fats are from:
Nuts and seeds (hemp, flax, and chia)
I love “virgin” oils, and here’s why. Getting the oil out of a whole food involves some processing. Sometimes it’s by squeezing, or heating. Other times it’s by using chemical solvents. The word “virgin” is used to show minima...
There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. Perhaps your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are having a party.
But other times, the hunger may not be physical hunger. It may be a craving or an emotional trigger. These are common reasons why some people eat too much. It could be brought on by a certain type of diet, stress, or other things going on in life.
It’s easy to mistake “psychological” hunger for “physical” hunger.
I’m going to talk about the difference between both of these types of hunger, and give you some tips how to figure out which is which.
And, of course, I will give you a very filling recipe too!
PHYSICAL HUNGER VS. PSYCHOLOGICAL HUNGER
Your "physical" hunger is regulated by the body through your hunger hormones. And of course, it should be. You don't want to be completely drained of fuel and nutrients for a long time. So,...