Are you feeling sluggish and you want to boost your mood? There’s a perfect way to get yourself back on track and improve both your physical and mental health than through diet.

Some of us are still making New Years resolutions to lose weight and make better choices when it comes to eating habits.

Chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe and heating bill. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food preferences.

Do you react to cold temperatures by skipping the gym and convincing yourself you deserve a calorie splurge to warm up and offset your discomfort? That’s the Winter Blues, and guess what? You’re not alone.

The cold truth is, no weather warrants unhealthy eating habits. Just as you shouldn’t overdo ice cream during the dog days of summer, you shouldn’t live on a steady diet of hot chocolate and warm cookies during winter no matter how tempting it sounds.

Mindful, healthy eating choices are helpful to a stress free lifestyle. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about overhauling your whole diet, take it one step at a time, or substitute one snack at a time. And remember, seasons change!

Your body is like a finely tuned vehicle, give it good fuel and it will take you places. You wouldn’t put diesel fuel in your car if it requires you to use regular octane fuel and expect it to run properly would you? Of course not.

According to aetna.com “The link between diet and emotions stems from the close relationship between your brain and your gastrointestinal tract, often called the second brain.”

The best meal to enhance your mood is one that combines complex carbohydrates with lean proteins and colorful produce. But does that mean you have to stop eating your favorite snacks just have a healthy medium.

According to wrenkitchens.com Here are 7 foods that will help boost your mood. and help you avoid the Winter blues.

 

 

  • Oats

    Oatmeal

    Oats are a great source of fiber and iron, which help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day and ease off any feeling of tiredness, sluggishness, and feeling fed up. Incorporating these into your diet not only in winter but throughout the year will massively help improve and manage your mood.

  • Turkey

    Turkey

    Turkey is rich in tryptophan which helps our bodies produce serotonin. Serotonin is the mood-boosting neurotransmitter that helps you to relax and has been suggested to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

     This makes it perfect for consumption when wanting to make yourself feel better when feeling the winter blues

  • Tuna

    Tuna Steak

    Tuna is a great source of selenium which is a nutritionally essential mineral that your body needs for everything from fighting infection to synthesizing DNA. It’s essential to keep optimal levels of selenium in your body during the colder months as a low level of this mineral can contribute to the development of anxiety and depression

  • Salmon

    Salmon

    Salmon is a fatty fish that is rich in omega-3 acids, some of which can be linked to lower levels of depression and a reduction in anxiety, making it perfect for consumption when dealing with winter blues. Research is still ongoing, but the benefits of omega-3s are supported by studies from the National Library of Medicine.

  • Dark Leafy Greens

    leafy green

    Green vegetables are known to promote good mental and physical health as they’re packed with vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, vitamin C and K – making them a great all-rounder throughout the year, but with particular benefit in winter when we may need the extra boost.

  • Almonds

    Almonds

    Almonds are another great source of tryptophan and magnesium and have many health benefits including helping to promote a stable attitude and sleep, making them a perfect snack for dealing with winter blues.

  • Dark Chocolate

    Chocolate

    The last food on our list to help you deal with winter blues is dark chocolate, which is rich in serotonin, flavonoid, and phenylethylamine (PEA) – all known to boost brain health by supporting blood flow and linked to improved moods.

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