Foods for Your Moods
As the seasons shift, we may find that our moods shift too. It is inevitable that with shorter, cooler, and darker days our moods may reflect a similar temperament. While our mind and body adjust to the seasonal changes, we can give ourselves a helping hand by eating foods that boost our mental well-being. Vitamin C: This feel good vitamin will enhance your immune system and give you that extra bit of energy when your head feels cloudy and your body feels lethargic.
- Reach for apples, asparagus, berries, broccoli, cabbage, melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), cauliflower, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges), kiwi, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.
- Seek out complex carbohydrates such as steel cut oats, whole grain breads, brown, black and red rice, millet, spelt, kamut, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
- B Vitamins can be found in dark greens, soy (choose fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso), sprouts, asparagus, beans, legumes, cheese, grass-fed beef, fish (choose fatty fish such as Arctic char, wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, and black cod which are high in omega 3s-a mood boosting bonus!), organic chicken, and organic eggs. If you are vegan, it is important to ensure that you are getting B12 in your diet. Before considering a supplement for B12, incorporate sea vegetables (seaweed) and nutritional yeast into your diet.