Bad Mood Food

Just like certain (healthy) foods make you feel good and happy, foods can also make your moods change for the worse.

High Sugar Treats

So you’ve been eating healthier and you’re staying active. You can treat pink sprinkled doughnut yourself to a couple cookies, right? WRONG. In reality you are not “treating” yourself by eating the cookies at all.

Doughnuts, cookies and other high sugar treats cause a quick rush, then a crash. Avoid them! They lack fiber and other nutrients that help slow down digestion.

This might be hard if you’re like me and have a HUGE weakness for brownies and other baked sweets, but try to steer clear from them. Think about how you’ll feel afterward. Grab an apple, instead.

Foods high in saturated fats

baconBacon, cream sauces, fries and other types of greasy foods are digested very slowly and divert blood from your brain to your stomach, putting you in a fog. They also raise your bad cholesterol.

These foods might taste good, but I know I feel pretty gross after I eat them, especially bacon!

Try to eat unsaturated fats such as nuts, and olive, canola or nut oil.

Trans fats

These artery-clogging fats hide in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are commonly used at restaurants for frying and in baked goods.

The evil fats hide in…

  •  Pizza crusts
  •  Cakes
  •  Pies
  •  Hamburger buns
  •  Processed foods

Researchers found in a recent study that trans fats make people more prone to depression and anxiety, anti-social behavior and feelings of malaise and exhaustion.  They also found that those who consumed more trans fats scored lower on measures of mental healthy, social functioning and daily functioning.

Try your best to avoid these fats by eating more at home, and make sure you’re using healthy cooking oils, like olive or nut oils. And stay away from processed foods!

BIG meals

Feelin’ fat and happy?  I didn’t think so.  Consuming big portions may seemhuge sandwich like a good idea at the time– when you’re hungry and the food tastes good–  but be careful. Soon after you finish, you won’t be feeling too great.

Large feasts will leave you feeling dissatisfied because they take so long for your body to digest, which means less blood for your brain and muscles.

Stay energized by eating five to six small, healthy meals a day. Try to eat three main meals of no more than 400 to 600 calories each, plus two 200-to-300 calorie snacks).  Make sure you’re eating your fruits and vegetables, along with those whole grains! And don’t forget about protein, either!

A healthy tip: Drink two cups of water before eating. Researchers suggest this will make you feel fuller faster, and a study found that you will consume 75 to 90 fewer calories per meal. (It really does make you feel fuller faster, too!)

Too much caffeine or alcohol

Caffeinated drinks, like coffee, have healthy benefits, but don’t go overboard. I know from personal experience that too much caffeine can make you feel nauseous and just plain gross!

Drinking too much alcohol will put you at a greater risk for cancers, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure.

More immediately, caffeine and alcohol mess with your sleep cycle, leaving you tired and gloomy.sad man

Think twice before you indulge. It can be hard to do, but just think of how you’ll feel afterward. No one likes being in a bad mood.

Stay happy. Don’t let the kind of food you eat bring you down.

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3 thoughts on “Bad Mood Food

  1. Aubrey, what a great post! You’ve carefully outlined each aspect of “bad mood food.” I think sometimes people may be under the assumption that eating three meals per day is the right way to go, but, as you said, smaller meals are better and healthier. Also, I like how you cautioned readers about drinking too much caffeine. I recently spoke with a dietitian who said two cups of coffee per day will not cause serious harm but suggested to skip the coffee and choose water instead.

    All in all, you’ve provided your readers some helpful insights and tips to eat healthier for a happier life. Awesome post!

    • Thank you, Christine! And yes, coffee can be quite evil if you over do it (which I have many times!) I’ve been trying to drink it a lot less, but I really do need it in the mornings to get my day started!

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