Food and Your Mood

Today’s Workout

Complete three round for time of:
400m Run
21 K-Bell Swings (24kg/16kg)
12 Pull UpsHave you ever noticed after a big breakfast of carbs (like the plate-sized banana pancakes from the Griddle), 2-3 hours later you’re cranky and irritable? Ever wonder why?

Serotonin is one of the brain’s primary neurotransmitters that play a particularly major role in our mood. Depression weighs you down when Serotonin levels are low and happiness flows freely when levels are high. But what you may not realize is that 90% of serotonin lives in our digestive tract, not in our brain! (WebMD) What does this mean? Our mood may be under the influence of our diets more then we attribute it to. Funny thing is, when you research which foods you should eat to increase levels of Serotonin, the foods that appear most often are high glycemic carbohydrates such as candy, cereal, pasta, pretzels, rice and potatoes! It’s a fact; consuming carbohydrates will shoot your serotonin levels through the roof resulting in instant happiness. Have you ever felt depressed and couldn’t kick the craving for cookies? Now you know why.

The downside to this instant increase in your Serotonin level is that it will last two, maybe three hours tops. Your spirits will be lifted, only to come crashing down. Does this Sound familiar? If you dig a little deeper, you can find information on other foods that increase levels of Serotonin that don’t have this sort of impact, including almonds, eggs, salmon, turkey, walnuts, tuna and avocados. So next time you’re out at breakfast and want to be in a good mood afterward, try a spinach scramble with avocados. Your friends and loved ones will thank you.

What are your experiences with food and mood? And what changes have you felt thus far with the Whole Life Challenge?

For a tasty tuna recipe that will leave you feeling happy and healthy, check out this great recipe at Sweet Cheeks Headquarters!

Looks like Ross needs some happy food!

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