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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-01-12

Snap Out Of Your Slump With These Healthy Foods

Do you ever feel in a bit of a slump and need something to give you a boost to help snap you out of your mental misery? No need to mope around like a miserable misanthrope feeling blue-here are some great food choices to help boost your mood and get you back in high spirits or at least perk you up a bit.

**Try Some Dessert
- Yes! You read that right, try some dessert! Sugar soothes us when we're feeling stressed out ( I know that to be true and will take full advantage). But before you binge on a pan of brownies, cookies and candy, know that a little sugar may soothe you, but too much will wreak havoc with your blood sugar. So, as always moderation is the key here.

**Beans -Like most legumes, beans are rich in iron. If you're low on iron like many active people are--you can be tired and have trouble sleeping, which as we all know can make you cranky, cranky, cranky. Beans are great thrown in salads, over white rice, in a tortilla with salsa, in chili and soups.

**Bananas-Stress and the lack of magnesium are so closely related that it is a good idea for those who lead an active life to add foods rich in magnesium, such as bananas to their diet. Increasing the intake of magnesium reduces anxiety and makes for better sleeping.

**Oranges-Two glasses of fresh orange juice are enough to help say goodbye to some nervousness, bad moods and depression; lack of vitamin C, can make you irritable and cranky.

**Chocolate-Hurrah! Hurrah! Now I know it cannot get any better than this! Some experts believe that like many other foods sweet and rich in carbohydrates, chocolate can have a soothing effect; others, however, consider that the caffeine and other substances contained in chocolate could act as stimulants. I don't care why, I am just so glad to hear it! Ahem, moderation here though, again.

**Spinach and Lentils-Both Lentils and spinach are full of folate, a B vitamin that you need to make the serotonin that makes you feel good. Folate is strong enough to ease clinical depression, say researchers and low levels of folate have been linked to depression. A cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid-so try some lentil soup and be happy and healthy. Also, you could add frozen spinach and make a low-fat spinach dip, have a nice spinach salad or use on sandwiches instead of lettuce.

**Walnuts- Are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids-a type of fat that's needed for brain cells and mood-lifting . Also been shown to relieve mild depression. I love to eat walnuts as a snack but they are also delicious on salads.**Salmon-Salmon is also rich in omega fatty acids and canned Salmon with bones contains vitamin D which has been linked to possibly increasing our levels of serotonin- one of the key neurotransmitters influencing our mood.

A couple other remedies that I have found lift my spirits are physical exercise-take a walk or go to the gym and having an animal companion. My cat Jaap cozies up to me and all is right with the world.

I am going to start having more walnuts, oranges and bananas for snacks and incorporate spinach and lentils into my diet. Don't worry, I already have the desserts and chocolate covered. To feeling better!

37 comments:

foongpc said...
Hurray! It's time to celebrate! I like all these food you mentioned - so that, plus my dose of physical exercises will definitely prevent me from falling into a slump! It surely can't get any better than this! : )
Tammy said...
Yay for the chocolate!!!!
Totally agree with you on the bananas Heidi. I usually have one as an afternoon snack to provide me with a much needed boost.

Another thing I would suggest is to drink some tea. It has been linked with reducing cortisol (a stress hormone) and is perfect for getting you out of a slump. Plus, it's a very refreshing drink too.
Great tips Heidi...out of the complete list spinach and lentils are the only items I probably don't eat enough of!!

I too find a walk to be very mood boosting...at one time I used to to a great deal of cycling and absolutely love it!!!

Cheers
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ssgreylord said...
once again, i find it amazing the link between what you eat and how you feel. to think that a little spinach and lentils can lift you out of a slump...

i knew chocolate works :) but the others, well, they were a surprise to me. thanks for the info healthnutwannabee...
Sogeshirtsguy said...
I will definitely be adding these foods into my diet. Bananas are great and I had no idea they relieved stress.
attygnorris said...
We eat a lot of bananas around here. Thanks for the reminder to add those to my grocery list now that we've run out. We could stand to get some walnuts too.

Davida
BeadedTail said...
Gotta love it when chocolate makes any list of good things! I agree with the animal companions too since I'm writing this with Isabella curled up on my lap.
Duni said...
Hi Heidi!
Thank goodness I like eating all of these food items except maybe lentils.
It's true, I do feel my mood lifting after eating a banana.

Duni

ps - thanks for you kind comment on my blog☺
Rie21 said...
Chocolate, mmm, Yummy....

Heidi, can we ex our links?
iWalk said...
Ha, I love all these foods too!

And I also heard that fish can help snap out of slump too, Do you think so heidi? I love fish. :)
Hey Shae! said...
So will chocolate covered walnuts count? ;-)
I've recently been trying hard to stick to the healthy diet I know I deserve and I have to say I was surprised to enjoy many of the foods I've discovered, like the beans you mention here. They really do make you feel good!
have you heard of the morning banana diet for losing weight? i want to try that. thanks for sharing these healthy foods. =)

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Furkidsmom said...
Mom loves all of these. She needs to get some bananas today!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids
gLoR!e said...
i eat less on spinach and lits and also beans that sometimes i guess since didnt got yet any dr. to consult that anything if i eat above would cause to my knees ache. i presume its arthritis but i dont know heheh..

Have a great day Heidi!:)
Sherer said...
I could use a whole lot of these foods right now! I will tell you the business world if changing dramatically I will need the fuel for my body to keep up with it. THanks heidi I really love all your posts.

Jesse
Weight Loss said...
I think oprah did this

Here is a great article i found about
the acai berrys. I didnt know about this
stuff and wish i had along time ago. Hope
this helps.

http://emergevictoriousoverfat.com/2009/01/acai-berries/
Mike Foster said...
I felt better just reading this, thanks, Heidi!

peace,
mike
livelife365
I had some beans today, and I have to admit, I felt pretty good after eating them!
Don't know if it's because they were really tasty (over rice) or just because they're beans! ;)
betchai said...
thankfully, i like them all, and wow, now, i wont feel bad if i treat myself with a little dessert sometime. but when i feel a little bit stressed, i know it wont do me good if i do not cave in to my desire to have a bite, even just a little of dessert, otherwise, i feel sad, sad, and sad. yehey for the dessert and chocolate, hahahah!
Zen Ventures said...
I'll definitely go for the chocolates!

Maricris
Zen Ventures
Tosty Brown
i am allergic to oranges. big time! but i heard to keep the anxiety levels low, watermelon does it also. :)


great article!
Jack Payne said...
In the nuts category you forgot almonds, Heidi. More biologically active calcium than cow's milk. To me, this is the King of Nuts. But, you are right, walnuts are ace-high, too.

Sadly, I am also crazy about beans--any and all--and tend to overeat. Oh, well, I guess you've got to have a few vices.
Dori said...
I just love the bit about chocolate ;-) And I eat my bananas, so that's good. I'll have to add some of the other foods to my list too. Love your new photo :)
queenmadison said...
wow! great post Heidi. I love oranges. And oh the chocolates! Thanks for sharing.
teecee!
jacqueline said...
I've been doing more walking at some nearby nature trails. It definitely does wonders. :-)
Cats said...
All these foods are quite nutritious and healthy. Thanks for sharing :)
Mark Salinas said...
Always good information! I enjoy reading about your journey! Fantastic!
Finally, a post about health that makes me feel better. I like all those things except never had lentils. I'm really strong on the bananas, chocolate, spinach (when I go out to eat), and walnuts if they're in brownies! I believe moderation in all things is the key to good health, and of course, move around--be active. What about ice cream! I'm good at that too!
Caroline said...
Great advice as usual! I am on day 8 of reduced carbs (I just can't go cold turkey, plus you need a little). I have been eating lots of nuts and oranges. It's actually not so bad :).
Coach Jenn said...
Nice tips. Thanks for following ME too!
Kloggers/Polly said...
That's a lovely photograph ... you look so happy and healthy. It's a good idea to have a new one to begin the new year! :)
tashabud said...
Hello Heidi,
I like this post so much, I'm linking it to my Tasha's Take blog.

All very good info and great reminders to us who don't follow good nutrition as much as you. Be a quick referrence for me, for sure.

Tasha
Beth said...
Heidi, these are all my favorite foods.. Except chocolates though hehehehe

Have a great and fabulous weekend !

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