Foods that Improve Your Happiness
Believe it or not the modern Western diet has contributed more than just making your belly bigger. We all like to feel good and have a lot of energy. Unfortunately the modern Western diet is wreaking havoc on not only our bodies, but our minds.
Food manufacturers, soda companies and fast food restaurants know all too well how to appeal to this side of us. Once we see an immaculately made and delicious cheeseburger advertisement we instantly want that quick dopamine rush of eating it. The secret to improving your mood is through eating the right foods.
I’m not talking about a Snickers bar here. I’m talking about dark chocolate that doesn’t have any sugar and is high in cocoa. The polyphenols in dark chocolate are what is going to boost your mood when you’re feeling down. The Journal of Psychopharamcology found those who ate dark chocolate had the greatest boost in mood, feeling calmer and more content. You can easily find this dark chocolate in your local health food store. I also like to use this raw cocoa powder in my protein shakes to enhance the polyphenol benefits.
Your brain is mostly made up from fats so it’s vitally important to make sure you’re getting enough of the good ones in your food. Coconut oil helps to prevent from inflammation in the brain as it gives it an easy source for fuel. The power lies in the one-of-a-kind medium chained fatty acids (MCTs) in coconut oil. It’s a little crazy to hear this since the MCTs in coconut oil are technically a saturated fat.
Just make sure you seek out coconut oil. Barlean’s Organic Coconut Oil is a brand I like to use. It’s cold pressed and their manufacturing process is top notch. Coconut oil is best as refined coconut oil is heavily processed which degrades its quality.
Everybody loves a good reason for drinking more coffee. Coffee helps you lose weight and another great reason to drink it is for it’s mood boosting benefits. The caffeine in coffee increases your metabolism giving you a quick jump in energy for the morning along. Just ask me my morning coffee makes me happy every day. You don’t want to know my mood without it.