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Does food effects your mood¿?

In this day and time we all know that the food we eat is directly connected to physical health and wellness but did you know that it is directly linked to your mental health as well? Yes, the food you eat plays a major your in how your brain functions.

Simply put, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood... Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.

Chasing that high....

Unatural refined sugars give you a "quick high" which is one reason majority of America is addicted to sugar. Foods, like complex carbohydrates, that contain soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream and increase serotonin, the “feel good” chemical, both of which decrease mood swings.

Studies says, "Fluctuations in blood sugar levels are associated with changes in mood and energy, and are most definitely affected by what we eat." Brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine) influence the way we think, feel and behave. They can be affected by what we've eaten.

Eat Your Way Happy...

People try to eat their way to happiness by eating the “instant joy” foods (junk food) like ice cream, donuts, cookies and yes, even twinkies. Sugar can, indeed, make us momentarily uplifted because this refined molecule temporarily boosts blood sugar and actively alters brain chemistry Releasing endorphins and serotonin. But like any drug, the depression after it wears off is far worse than the brief happiness it appeared to give us. And in the worst cases, we sometimes fall into a unhealthy pattern of treating that mental rut with yet another hit of sugar to try to keep the happiness going.

The Western diet S.A.D (standard American diet) common to America is associated with an increased prevalence and incidence of depressive disorders and symptoms. But prospective epidemiological studies (very good studies) report that switching to whole food (plant-based) lifestyle decrease both the prevalence and incidence of depression and its symptoms.

Luckily, evidence suggests dietary changes can improve mood and quality of life without the need for medication.... Additionally, when comparing a vegen versus omnivorous diet, vegens reported more positive moods than meat eaters, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal.

Switching over to a plant-based lifestyle could be slightly difficult in the beginning because you've been eating one way for so long it's literally unlearning and relearning everything you learned since the first day you were taught to cook. This is one of reasons I wrote my very first cookbook "I Wanna Be Vegan Too! But I Don't Know What To Eat..." it has seven deliciously healthy plantbased recipes to jumpstart your transition. If you have not invested in your copy today is the day! Each recipe has been intentionally picked to assist someone wh wants to eat healthier but doesn't know where to start in the kitchen. Finding recipes that taste worthy and healthy can be a challenge with all the mock meats in the frozen section. Switching over to a plantbased lifestyle should be for your health first and everything else that benefits will come. Eating frozen mock meats maybe okay from time to time but it's not something you want to make a habit of eating. Home cooked meals are always the best and that includes vegan meals to!

Food Is Medicine

It's pretty simple, really, when the physical body is able to function better, your mind is to!

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