January 28, 2015

Food and mood

Have you ever been accused of being “hangry”? Because our emotions are so closely linked with what foods we put into our bodies, it’s easy to see why we might feel crabby, sluggish, or generally unwell depending on what we eat — or don’t eat.

Nancy Hoffman, PsyD, a psychologist with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California offers a few tips:

  • Your mother was right: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Having protein in the morning as part of a well-balanced breakfast gets your dopamine going, which increases alertness and concentration.
  • Drinking water throughout the day can help with concentration and combat fatigue.
  • One can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 sugar cubes, which causes your blood sugar to spike — then plummet — resulting in a crash in energy level (and potentially causing a foul mood).

Need ideas for recipes that could help boost your mood?

Easy healthy breakfast ideas:

Protein-packed meal ideas: