Winter…am I right? Short days. Cold weather. This season can leave you in a funk! What can you do to re-energize and boost your mood? Eat! Look, I am ALL for pharmacological intervention, but for this lil diddy today, I am talking all things food and mood.
Did you know hormone imbalance and micronutrient deficiency can lead to you feeling a bit blue? I know, right?! So much can affect your ‘tude.
Here’s what we know:
- Exercise can boost your mood
- Vitamin D can help reduce depression
- carbs can help promote serotonin production
- protein can help with neurotransmitter production
- consuming fruits and vegetables can boost your mood
- omega 3s can help reduce depression
What not to do: sleep a shit ton, netflix and chill (skip spin class), eat garbage (cokes, fried foods, pastries, margarine, too much red meat-hey, this list is from Harvard so it’s legit).
What to eat: shellfish, eggs, green leafy veggies, salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, almonds, berries, dark chocolate, kefir, milk, yogurt, and whole grains. What else can you do? Exercise, meditate, practice deep breathing, keep a gratitude journal, volunteer and spend time with your fam & friends!
New research links inflammation to depression so be sure you are pushing your anti-inflammatory foods! Incorporate green leafy veggies, olive oil, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, turmeric and fish.
Look, if you are in a serious funk, call your therapist! But if find your normally happy self a bit down, take a look at your diet.
Chin up, buttercup. Spring is just around the corner!