What's the difference between emotional eating and eating to boost your mood? Nutritionist at Just For Today LLC, Lana Levy, MS, RYT, explains how to boost your mood naturally, and it doesn't involve stuffing your face with comfort food.
Lana: Our mood is dependent, and also really affected, by the foods that we eat. If you are someone who skips breakfast in the morning, you might find that you're a little cranky, you're a little moody, and then all of a sudden you feel better once you have lunch. It's really important that you fuel yourself appropriately throughout the day. And I know you've heard it a million times, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day off right by having breakfast. Also, try not to have those foods that cause your blood sugar to spike and crash. The simple sugars or the simple carbohydrates that you find in breads, that you find in cereals, that you find in pasta. So really try to stick to eating the lean proteins and a good assortment of vegetables, and if you enjoy a piece of fruit during the day. It's really important that you find those things that help to promote a positive mood and a positive attitude. If you enjoy exercise, or even if you think you don't enjoy it, try to find something that you like to do. It can be going for a walk, it can be going for a run, it can be doing yoga, or pilates, or lifting weights, or going for a bike ride. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, do it. Just get your body moving and you might feel a lot better. And also having a support system. Share with a close friend, share with a family member, what you're trying to achieve in your life, and have that person be there to support you as you go through the journey of having a healthier mind and a healthier body.
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