Many things can affect our moods in positive or negative ways, but few things are as powerful as the food we eat! Just think how irritable you feel when you’re really hungry, or how happy you feel after you’ve eaten your favorite healthy lunch! We know that some foods are mood-boosters, and you know what that means: some foods can put you in a bad mood, too! Keep reading the list below to find out which bad-mood foods you should be avoiding!
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Packed full of sugar and saturated oils, these guys often leave us feeling lethargic, tired, or depressed (not to mention the guilt onset after throwing back multiple brownies or cookies!), so opt for healthier snack or dessert options instead of passing by the bakery!
The perfect storm of high fat, sodium, and refined carb content, french fries are a common craving (and a common side dish, too!) that can put us in a funk. The reason? The cause our energy to peak (very fun), and then suddenly drop (not fun at all), which makes us feel sluggish and tired. Opt for a baked potato or a side salad at lunch instead of french fries!
The fact that it’s labeled a “depressant” says it all– while consuming it can bring us a short period of happiness and giggles, it ends in a mood drop, and that’s not even mentioning the potential hangover and dehydration! Make sure to drink at least one glass of water between each drink (more is ideal!) and drink on a full stomach and in moderation!
You alread know it’s basically poison! But did you know that the intense sugar rush we feel from drinking a soda also ends in an abrupt crash just a few minutes after we finish drinking it? Not to mention the cancer-causing ingredients they can contain and the bloat they often cause, this reason alone is enough to swear off sodas! Try flavored waters, fresh juice, or a chocolate milk if you’re really craving something besides plain old H2O.
Processed meat for sandwiches or hotdogs is full of nitrates, food colorants, and lots of other nasty additives and preservatives, which can cause bloating, mood swings, water retention, and even headaches! Steer clear of the deli at lunch time and keep your mind and body happy for the rest of the afternoon!
The high amount of processed fats in margarine can cause a blood sugar imbalance, which can lead to mood swings and weight gain! Don’t let this sneaky food onto your plate– if you think it’s butter but you’re not sure, ask! And clear it out of your fridge and try an organic butter instead of margarine for cooking at home!
You might think these are healthy options for cooking at home since they’re usually legumes or vegetables, but you haev to watch the sodium content on the can’s label! You also need to check and see if the can is labeled “BPA-Free”, as the chemical BPA has been linked to chronic mood disorders (among other nasty side effects)!
So tempting, but so terrible! These guys are usually fried in vegetable oil, meaning they’re packed with saturated fats. These fats work against the good-guy Omega 3 fatty acids that we’re so intent on adding to our diets! Don’t let your small potato chip snack undo all the good fats you got from that avocado and olive oil in your salad at lunch! These guys can cause inflammation and even mood swings due to the damage they do to the balance of healthy fats in your diet!
If it comes in an individual wrapper inside a box, you can pretty much bet it’s processed. These foods are often high in refined sugar content, as well as saturated fats and all types of preservatives, additives, and colorants. That means you’re in for a wild blood sugar ride as the sugar hypes you up and then crashed you back to the ground, which negatively affects your mood! Opt for a piece of fruit, some crackers and cheese, or a few veggies with hummus if you’re feeling hungry for a snack during the day!
If the seeds you’re buying have been processed in any way, there’s a good chance they’re coated in a preservative called potassium bromate. This chemical can interfere with your thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine. When your thyroid is out of whack, your mood might be, too. One of the first thing doctors check in patients with depression is their thyroid levels! Try purchasing organic seeds that haven’t been processed with any chemicals if you’re looking to enjoy the benefits that seeds and nuts bring to a healthy diet!
Are you surprised that these foods made the list? Are there any of these foods that you need to clean out of your cabinet? Let me know in the comments section!
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