The best foods to make you feel good
If you often find yourself feeling flat, grumpy, forgetful and moody, you might want to take a closer look at your dinner plate.
Fish such as tuna contain a compound (DMAE) that boosts learning, memory and cognitive functions. Fruits and vegetables like grapefruit and tomatoes are rich in flavonoids. Spinach, lettuce, cauliflower and cabbage are packed with phytonutrients that help fight memory loss.
CALM THE MIND
According to a UK mental health charity, consuming sugar and fats when one is feeling stressed will only add further to your woes. Stress depletes minerals and B vitamins by up to 33%. Caffeine and high sugar foods send the blood sugar and brain chemistry into overload. Cutting down on caffeine will result in a smoother, emotional ride through the day. Chicken, eggs, orange and green vegetables contain Vitamin B, which is needed to generate serotonin, the feel-good hormone.
Turkey meat, along with prawns, cod, tuna and tofu contain tryptophan – an amino acid that can be found in most proteins. Trytophan is converted into the feel good chemical, serotonin, in the brain. Trytophan serotonin is generally responsible for an elevated mood, healthy appetite, good self-esteem and sound sleep. Proteins such as beef, fish, cheese, chicken and eggs all have one thing in common, Vitamin B12, which in a recent Finnish study, was linked to more successful outcomes when treating major depression.
(Good Medicine – August 2006)
We hope these tips help will guide you when choosing food that’s healthy for your mind and body. If you’re starting to feel heavy or sluggish because of the bad food you’ve been consuming, maybe it’s time to consider investing in a lifestyle change.
The Cohen’s Lifestyle Program is a safe and rapid weight loss program that uses nutrition to achieve good health and overall well-being. A personalized Eating Plan – based on one’s biochemistry profile – is created for each client to ensure that their individual nutritional needs are addressed while losing weight. Aside from the Eating Plan, clients are guided through a Refeeding Program that helps stabilize their weight, while the Management Guidelines transition them into maintaining their healthy weight through healthier eating habits.