Food and Mood – Maybe You are What You Eat

It isn’t always easy to eat right. We get busy, we forget to bring a lunch, everyone else is going to the restaurant you don’t like for lunch and sometimens you just want that Snickers bar. But what does all this have to do with how we feel? Plenty.

Our food impacts our body chemistry, our neurotransmitters and ultimately how we think and feel. Perhaps we could be unconscious about our dietary choices when we were younger and had unlimited energy. As we age, how we treat ourselves impacts us daily, even hourly.

Remember that day you didn’t eat breakfast and you grabbed a donut and a cup of coffee? It sure tasted good and you got some energy – for awhile. But how did you feel 3 hours later? Tired, nervous, edgy, even empty and still hungry?

Sugar and caffeine are powerful drugs. But what goes up must come down.

Try this some morning. Pick a protein that you like. For me it is an egg. If you don’t like eggs, try some sausage, chicken, turkey or salmon. Have your protein with some really high quality fat. Cook the egg in some olive oil for example. Or have 1/2 an avocado. Add some sort of vegetables, like greens, carrots, broccoli, celery, etc. (I know this may sound crazy at first.)

Eat this and see how you feel one, two, three and four hours later. Let me know how your energy, thinking and mood were after this protein, fat, veggie breakfast. Who knows, this may be your new breakfast of champions! Here is some more food for thought: Eight Ways to Manage Your Mood with Food – Tips

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.

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