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Dietary options do have the influence to make you more zestful and energetic in your day. But also has the ability to make you gloomy and leave you feeling sluggish. The food we eat keeps us, either out of shape, or in shape and also affects our mood. To put it simply, it’s a physical body-mind connection.

Therefore to maximise your energy levels as well as your positive feelings, follow these insights so you stay in control of your moods.

Choose to eat the healthier version of what you’re craving when those cravings are on the unhealthier side. 

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Wanting to eat chocolate or ice cream when sad does indeed perk one up. Or delighting in a bowl of lasagna can make you feel warm inside. But these daily go-to’s aren’t solving the problems. Rather, they merely add to unheahlthy weight gain and becoming prone to different diseases.

The real stunner here is that these unhealthy cravings you had from a few days back are resulting in a gloomy you – today. And this explains the body and mind connection.

“Don’t dig your own grave with a knife and spoon.”

– English Proverb

Test and see how you fair with healthier food options.

Simply put: When you consume fast foods and bad sugars to satisfy your emotions, you work on your body in such a way that you become mildly addicted to these foods. Consequently when you find yourself in another undesired mood, the go to is more fast food. And voila! A subconscious cycle is born!

For that reason, it’s best to cut out fast foods and unhealthy sugars when you’re not feeling radiant but already exhibiting a build up of an appetite for foods poor in nutrients. The aim of this is that you get to positively influence your feelings and not necessarily to satisfy your taste buds. By doing this you break an unhealthy eating cycle triggered by emotions. Subsequently too you can satisfy your taste buds with all the nutrient filled foods. It also aids in building good bacteria in your gut which reacts positively with your brain.

You’ve got dietary options

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Here are food options that lift your mood and combats depression by aiding in the release of serotonin and dopamine (the brains feel good hormones) upon absorption.

  • Dark leafy greens, such as spinach or kale
  • Berries
  • Healthy fats, such as omega 3 oil
  • Nuts and Legumes

Understandably, being young, we tend to shift these effects that food has on our bodies, minds and also on our emotions to the back of our heads. Yet it only creates a dependence to revert to unhealthy food to boost our moods. Similar to enslaving ourselves to our unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, making a simple choice to be more mindful about all sorts of food will be rewarding. Even so, we shall not grow a guilty conscience and deprive ourselves of what’s delicious. We’re merely being wiser about it.

“Hunger is the first element of self-discipline. If you can control what you eat and drink, you can control everything else.”

Shaykh Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Aliche Januarie

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