Food can lift your mood in surprising ways – and eating healthy doesn’t have deleterious side effects! These foods will help prevent mood swings and stabilize your emotions.
What you eat affects how you look and feel. The bonus: buying fresh, delicious veggies and fruits and preparing them with care and attention – along with a nice glass of red wine and good music – can soothe your body and soul!
“I learned early on that setting a table is so much more than just laying down knives and forks,” says Peri Wolfman. “It is creating a setting for food and conversation, setting a mood and an aura that lingers long after what was served and who said what was forgotten.”
Improving your mood goes beyond food, of course – but you’d be surprised to learn just how influential nutrients are in affecting your mood. For more info on the best foods to eat, read Eat This Not That! The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution by Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko.
And read on to learn what foods can stabilize your mood…
6 Foods That Prevent Mood Swings and Stabilize Emotions
If your mood swings are linked to premenstrual syndrome, read my article about foods that make your periods regular.
To stabilize your emotions whether you’re pregnant or in menopause, snack throughout the day on healthy foods. Snacking keeps your blood sugar level stable and your brain fed. And, eat certain healthy foods to stay feeling happy…
1. Sardines for good moods and increased mental performance. Sardines aren’t just a “good mood food”, they can improve your mental performance. Sardines are also a low contaminant fish, high in both Vitamin D and Omega-3’s. “The fats in dairy, meats and oils are important for the production of acetylcholine, which is crucial for memory formation and general neural integrity,” writes Dr Pierce Howard in The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. Salmon, char, haddock, shrimp, and rainbow trout are other healthy ways to prevent mood swings because they’re high in Omega-3 oils.
2. Skim milk to decrease depression. Low levels of folic acid and vitamin B are connected to depression, though doctors haven’t nailed down the exact link. They do know that depressed people have lower levels of folate and vitamin B. Skim milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs are high in B, and can stabilize emotions. They’ll boost your immune system because they’re rich in folate and vitamin B.
3. Edamame to keep blood sugar levels stable. Going out for sushi? Make sure you order edamame. Commonly found in China and Japan, edamame is baby soybeans served whole. You eat the beans, not the pods (though I don’t doubt people eat the pods, too!). Edamame is high in protein, low in fat, and delicious – and since it helps stabilize sugar levels, it can improve your mood.
4. Blackberries to increase antioxidant levels. Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are high in polyphenols, which are a category of flavonoids. Research shows that these berries can reverse some effects of age-related brain decline; other scientists found that flavonoids work with vitamin C to prevent that vitamin’s breakdown and boost the fight against free radicals. Berries also guard against macular degeneration, various cancers, and brain cell loss.
5. Beans, legumes and soy to build healthy brain cells. Black beans, soybeans, split peas and tofu are among the “bean and pea” family of foods that fight disease. Beans contain high amounts of thiamine, a B-vitamin key in building healthy brain cells and improving cognitive function. They’re also full of soluble fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and helps prevent mood swings.
6. Ground flaxseed to balance emotions and moods. Whole flax seeds aren’t as good as ground flax – and make sure you keep it in your fridge or freezer. It stays fresh longer. I love flax in my muffins and oatmeal, but I’ve also sprinkled it in my yoghurt and cereal. Ground flaxseed boasts Omega-3’s, which sharpen minds, stabilize moods, and triggers the production of serotonin (which is linked to positive emotions, and can help treat depression naturally).
Other healthy mood foods are sunflower seeds (folic acid), spinach (lots of vitamins), and brussel sprouts (again, lots of vitamins to help you achieve your health goals).
For more food tips, read the best foods for college students.
If you have any thoughts on the best foods to improve your mood, I welcome your comments below…