Not All Meals Are Happy Meals
By Sara Butler
Food is a pretty big part of your day. Everything you eat has an impact on you, from the way your body works to your mood. Some foods pep you up and help you to feel great, while others have quite the opposite effect. Foods void of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients your body needs can tank your mood. Combine that with the stress of modern life and you’ve got a recipe for a mood misadventure! Here are some foods that can bust your mood and create anything but a happy meal.
You may have seen agave nectar touted as a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup, but that’s really not true. People are led to believe that it’s healthy because it doesn’t raise blood sugar, but that’s just a lie. The fructose in agave will increase your blood sugar just as any other sugar will and that leads to mood swings. So, don’t believe the hype.
Any sweetener should be used only in moderation. Pure honey is a great local ingredient you can source -- or pure maple syrup -- since both contain trace minerals and antioxidants that promote good health.
Pork is called “the other white meat.” It’s sold as a better alternative to beef, but the truth of the matter is that the holiday ham on your breakfast table comes from farms where the poor pigs are pumped full of antibiotics. Then, the hams are injected with fillers, nitrates, and salts that can trigger migraines, swollen joints, and the dreaded mood swing.
If you want to get healthy this holiday season, try giving wild-caught salmon a try. It’s full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help to keep your mood stable. They’re good for memory too! Wild-caught salmon is also lower in mercury than other fish.
Processed Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a great snack, but if you’re buying the seeds from a bag in the snack aisle at the gas station, you may not be getting the healthy snack you think you are. The processed pumpkin seeds in those packages are coated to help preserve them and that coating blocks the natural iodine in them from getting absorbed by your body when eaten. Iodine helps to keep your thyroid healthy. An imbalanced thyroid can lead to mood swings, so beware.
Stick with raw or home-roasted seeds. In fact, any fall or winter squash can have their seeds roasted at home!
You can make every meal a healthy one - if you know what to look for!
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