I have spent a lot of time lately interviewing dietitians and nutritionists and I usually come away from these conversations feeling a little guilty about my diet. It's not that I have a junk food addiction. Rather, it's that at three o'clock every afternoon I feel extremely grumpy if I can't have a cup of tea and a biscuit or some chocolate.
Apparently this happens because I haven't eaten enough brown rice or mung beans at lunchtime. If I had, I would have maintained a healthy blood sugar level throughout the afternoon without resorting to artificial stimulants to get me through until dinner The news isn't all bad, however. Just as that mid-afternoon snack works as an instant pick-me-up, researchers are discovering certain foods have the power to alter our moods, stave off depression and make us generally a lot happier.
"Many people are depressed and anxious, and why are they?" asks nutritionist Janella Purcell, author of Eating For The Seasons (Allen & Unwin), to be released this year. "A lot of it comes down to food. But if you get people eating the right food, they start to feel good." Used in conjunction with an overall healthy diet and moderate exercise, foods that boost levels of serotonin in the brain are an important part of achieving a balanced mind and body. And the best bit is, most of the foods that can make us happy aren't as boring as you might think. Read on for some of the best.
Comment below what you think. Do you find what you eat effects your mood? Let me know what you think! I'd love to know your thoughts!