We've all experienced some good and bad days. Bad days can stem from many different factors, some of which may be out of our control. But if you notice you're having a bad day, improving your mood could start with what you put in your mouth, according to Healthline External Site.
Healthy food choices with a side of exercise
Infographic of foods to boost your mood. Choose proteins like eggs, poultry, seafood and tofu. Eat veggies, like broccoli, spinach, kale and cauliflower. Try fiber like oats, lentils, peas and beans. Lastly, boost your mood with healthy fats, like seeds, nuts, nut butters and avocados.
- Proteins — eggs, poultry, seafood, tofu, beans
- Veggies — broccoli, spinach, kale
- Fiber — oats, lentils, peas, beans
- Healthy fats — nuts or nut butters, seeds, avocados
Infographic for avoid the bad mood foods.
- Ditch the refined carbs — sugary junk food, soda, etc.
- Steer clear of refined white starches — white rice, white breads and crackers
- Limit your alcohol — it limits your ability to sleep and increases your blood sugar levels
- Stop and listen to your body — headaches, nausea and irritability can be signs of hunger
If you still need some help kicking a bad mood, schedule some gym time and get active. Exercise has far more benefits than just physical, like losing weight and increased strength. The Mayo Clinic External Site says it also plays an important part into your mental well-being.
Move your mood from bad to good with food. Here's why:
- It provides a distraction from your worries, stress and tensions.
- It allows you to socialize with others and helps you broaden your social circle.
- Your body produces endorphins during exercise — chemicals that reduce pain and improve immunity.
- Exercise reduces hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can often times cause weight gain.
- It helps you sleep.
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