We all have good days and we all have bad days, but honestly how much is the food we are eating impacting our moods from day-to-day?
You Vs. Fat
Actually, there are several links between the foods we eat, and the potential moods caused by said foods. One of these is the link between consuming higher levels of Trans Fatty Acids and the link to depression. As most of us know by now (if you didn’t, you need to!) Trans Fats are becoming a big red flag in the nutrition industry. Not only do these have a detrimental effect to our health but they are found in most “bad” confectionary foods such as: Pies, Cookies, Margarine, Doughnuts, Fast Foods & Frozen Pizza. Yes, most of these are some of our favourite foods, however the impingement on our health is really not worth those Homer Simpson’esk drooling moments.
To Carb or Not to Carb?
Another common misconception in the 21st Century is that carbohydrates are bad. Talk to any elite athlete, competitive bodybuilder or weekend runner, we all love carbohydrates and there is good reason for that. By eating more carbohydrates, we can increase our levels of tryptophan which is subsequently increases the synthesis of serotonin in the brain. As you may already know serotonin is known as the mood regulator and is at the centre of good moods. So, when we starve ourselves of those delicious carbohydrates we are actually putting ourselves at a greater risk of feeling low, lethargic & under motivated.
Peaks & Troughs
When we eat, our blood sugar levels will rise and fall like the tides. With this comes the influx of energy. How fast and slow this energy comes and goes is largely dependent on our choices of fuel (food in this instance). Well it’s that and your ability to release insulin, however that is for a different blog post all together. When we opt for our more traditional fast food & quick fixes these tend to be higher in simple sugars. Great for fast acting energy, however as we know every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so as fast as that energy comes, you can be damn well sure it will disappear into the ether just as quick. This triggers a huge dip in energy, concentration and spike the overwhelming need to eat again. Thus, the endless cycle begins. However, when we opt for slower energy release foods we can maintain a much more stable and balanced blood sugar level. Keeping our concentration elevated, our hunger to a minimum and our mood consistent. Now I am no scientist, but I know which one I’d rather opt for!