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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mood enhancing foods

Foods that were already making me happy ...
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Avocados
  • Whole wheat in general (since it usually has a more complex flavor)
... are also making me happy.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

I was sadden that pudding was not on the list of "happy" foods guess I better have an oatmeal, avocado on whole wheat sandwich with a side of chocolate covered almonds to make myself feel better. :D

On a more serious note, there is such a thing as emotional eating and is a big reason people gain weight. They might be eating these very foods but are eating too much of it. As someone who battles with weight and an occasional emotional eater, I have to fight the erg to turn to food because ultimately it will not help me nor solve whats really wrong. When I do turn to food in those situations it can sometimes compound the issue because I know I should have made a different choice. A pick me is nice and I like that the article suggests mostly healthy foods, but as I said before, a person who eats when they are stressed, depressed or just emotional generally tends to overeat. And, overeating, even if the food is good for you can still be bad. Like most things in life moderation is key. A short walk, funny movie or even social interaction can produce the same effects as these happy foods.

I realize not everyone has to monitor their food intake like I do, and the article does point out that clinical depression should be overseen by a professional, but food as a quick fix is a slippery slope for a lot of people.

As always, I continue to appreciate the varied points of view and information you post here. Keep it up.