It’s true that you are what you eat—and that also holds true for your mood. If you mostly put junk into your system, it can end up not only causing you to pack on unwanted pounds, but also make you irritable. You may be sabotaging your happiness just by the foods you’re consuming.
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If you don’t believe food affects your mood, think of how you feel after eating a big turkey dinner, or after drinking an extra large coffee. One can slow your brain to a halt, while the other can perk you up. However, while these are extreme examples, here are seven mood foods that can kick your brain into a higher gear…
1. Egg Whites Omelets
Prevention magazine suggests chowing down on this healthy breakfast along with low-fat cheese and spinach for the protein content. The magazine says protein is a good fighter against SAD (Season Affective Disorder) that affects many Americans from colder temperatures and shorter days.
The suggestion is part of a high-protein diet designed by Elizabeth Somer, RD, who shared the information with Prevention. The article notes that while a high-carb diet can be effective for curbing SAD, it’s not the right path for everyone. High protein diets (with protein-packed snacks) are a good alternative, it adds.