Ingredients that Affect Your Mood

15 Jan

I have said it many times before and I know I have even blogged about it a few times but just in case you’re still not convinced, believe it now…foods DO affect your mood!  I’m no doctor but I can tell you without a doubt that a lot of the attention issues parents and teachers are dealing with in their children and students can be dealt with through their diet as opposed to having them diagnosed with ADHD and other behavioural issues and treating them with medication.  It’s a serious problem that not only affects children but adults as well.  We need to be more conscious of what we are putting in our bodies.  Not just for our waistline but for our physical health and mental  health!!  I challenge you to try an experiment.  Avoid each of these ingredients below for just one week.  Eliminate them completely from your diet.  Don’t think of it as a diet.  Think of it as a health test.  Do it for 7 days and let me know what you find.  Tell me if you notice a change in your mood.  Your behaviour.  Your energy levels.  I bet you will  🙂  And once you do, you won’t want to be putting any of these ingredients back in to your body.  I know I don’t ;)!

Ingredients to immediately remove from your diet:

1.  White Flour – switch to 100% whole grain
2.  Red Dye – that’s right people…red velvet anything is soooooo bad for you!!!
3.  Hydrogenated Oils – stick to coconut and extra virgin olive oils
4.  Aspartame – don’t be fooled by “sugar-free” products because they’ve probably been replaced with aspartame
5.  Yellow Food Dye – this ingredient is most commonly found in cookies, soft drinks and even gum!
6.  Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – don’t think you’re safe when you’re ordering chinese food without the MSG…it’s found in many other types of foods
7.  Sugar – it is so highly addictive that many of us don’t even realize how much we are consuming on a daily basis…anything with sugar as a main ingredient is just wrong…and YES, that includes your daily coffee ;).  Try using a natural sweetener instead.

I know some of you are already saying how the heck am I supposed to know if what I’m eating or drinking has any of these ingredients?  It seems like too much work, right?  It’s the exact opposite.  It’s SOOO simple.  Just eat a clean diet that consists of whole foods.  That means fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, grains and fish (and organic grain-fed meat if you’re still consuming animal proteins).  Stay away from packaged foods.  Drink water, green tea and even coffee (without the sugar).  Just by following these simple steps, you can easily stay away from each of the 7 ingredients that have been proven to affect your mood.  I don’t know about you but I like having a clear and focused mind and feeling full of energy throughout the day without mood swings and energy highs and lows.  Why not give it a try?

For more information on the effects of these ingredients go to http://www.mindbodygreen.com

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

 

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