MOOD FOODS SOLUTION EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Manage Your Moods with Good Food and Nutrition
Foods To Avoid When Caring For Your Moods
Mood Foods Solution Emotional and Mental Health. Most of us love eating whenever we’re feeling out of sorts. We’ve done it since birth! The important thing is to know that there are foods that can negatively affect our moods.
Anxiety Disorder or Fluctuating Moods
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder or fluctuating moods, it is important to stick with foods that boost your mood, not deflate it.
What foods do you want to reach for when you feel down or anxious? Do you want to eat a sugar-laden treat such as a slice of cake or ice cream directly from the tub? Or do you feel like eating salt-laden foods, such as hot fries, the latest super deal from a favorite fast food chain, or a bag of potato crisps?
Food can be Comforting
Whatever your choice, food can be quite comforting whenever we’re going through an ordeal. They can make you feel better in the short term, that is certainly true. Unfortunately, some of the foods that we compulsively reach for as ‘comfort food’ are working against our best interest.
Temporary Benefits, Suffer Later
Many of the types of food you instinctively reach for may only give you temporary benefits (the initial comforting feeling) and make you suffer later. At some stage in your life, probably as early as childhood, they provided solace, and your subconscious mind is seeking those feelings now.
But these foods are usually nutritionally poor, and any positive feelings won’t last for long. Ultimately they may make you feel more depressed, and this can be exacerbated by feelings of remorse because you binged on unhealthy foods, and now you are also seeing extra pounds on the scale.
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Avoid Processed Foods
Here’s a list of the foods you shouldn’t eat or drink when you are feeling low and experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms.
You’re likely to get more anxious and depressed if you eat an excess of processed foods. Ham, sausage, hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and fries, are all foods you may find comforting, but you shouldn’t indulge in them.
Processed foods contain a lot of salt, and salt can cause a spike in your blood pressure levels. Excessive salt can also make your heart work harder and release adrenaline, which can make you more anxious.
Additionally, many processed foods are packed in plastics and cans that may contain the chemical called BPA (bisphenol A). BPA is known to affect mood and blood pressure, and we have now learned that this chemical can seep into our food products.
Many processed foods have minimal nutritional value, but an excess of calories. They’re also more difficult to digest, which can lead to acid reflux, gas, and other stomach problems. They can affect your metabolism and the hormones released can trigger anxiety.
Doughnuts and Pastries
If you have a sweet tooth, chances are you grab yourself a box of doughnuts, with all the cinnamon and sugar, sprinkles, or different colored icings. Unfortunately, regularly consuming these types of foods is a bad habit to get into if you have anxiety and depression.
Doughnuts and pastries contain added sugar, unhealthy fats, and white flour. They can rapidly raise your blood sugar levels and then they will also drop quickly. This sugar spike can trigger your anxiety and depression symptoms.
Ketchup, Sauces, and Dressings
Ketchup and other types of sauces contain excessive amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners. They may also have an ingredient called high-fructose corn syrup. This is super unhealthy for anyone. It can also cause blood sugar and blood pressure levels to rise and fall drastically, making you feel more depressed and anxious.
Like ketchup, most pre-packed dressings for salads and sandwiches are full of artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup. If you buy them, make sure you check the ingredients first. You may be able to find naturally made dressings,so make sure you read the fine print. Added sugar in these products is definitely not good for your symptoms and mood.
Some people turn to alcohol to drink their woes away, or to help them sleep better if they are anxious, stressed, or depressed. However, alcohol doesn’t help your sleep quality, it negatively affects your sleep. Yes, you may fall asleep because of alcohol, but you won’t feel rested.
You may end up oversleeping too, which isn’t a good thing either. Sleep is the time your body is meant to rest and heal. There are many healing processes that your body goes through when it gets quality sleep. One is that it helps to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
Soda and Caffeine
Soda is a carbonated and sweetened drink, and you already know that too much sugar is not good for you. Soda also often contains caffeine that can cause rapid heartbeat or insomnia. Caffeine can certainly give you a kick of energy, but too much of it can make you feel down.
So watch how much coffee you drink if you are prone to anxiety and depression. One cup can make your heart beat rapidly, so it may be better for you to totally avoid it.
26 years ago ~ Diana Walker was able to easily get off 8 cups of coffee a day with Sunrider Calli Tea, with no withdrawal.
Watch my video below (Over 15,000 views! published 14 years ago)
Kate McDonald as Becca Katz says
I am rarely anxious or depressed, but when I am not feeling well, I completely lose my appetite.
Kebba Buckley Button says
Diana, these are all really good points. A lot of people think emotions are independent of what we eat and drink– HA! I coach these topics all the time. However, I had not heard specifically about BPA before, and the idea that it can be released from plastics when food is heated in them. Yikes! A valuable article!
So will there be a follow-up post about foods we’re allowed, supposed even, to consume instead?