Good Mood Foods to Beat the January Blues

by on January 9, 2011

VegetablesThis time of year many people feel deflated, lacking in energy and tired after the festive season. The winter weather and dark nights drawing in can also add to a low mood and feeling of lethargy. January is also the time of year when people think they should start a diet after over indulging at Christmas. Well, this is not necessarily the best idea.

We think it is a great idea to get some natural herbal support for your body and mind, without restricting yourself too much, which in our experience can make the first month of the year feel longer and bleaker!

Gentle herbal Detox support for your body is a great idea, in the form of Spirulina or Wheat Grass, for example. These both have a very high vitamin and mineral content, which are easily available for the body to take what it needs and boost your energy levels.  They can also be added to a nutritious smoothie or fruit juice to start off the day or give you an afternoon pick up.

There are lots of foods which will also help to pick up your mood and in turn, your energy levels.

Make sure to eat breakfast to start your day off right. Healthy porridge is warm and yummy and you can always add some fruit, nuts or seeds for added nutrition. Wholemeal toast and a boiled egg is also a great choice.

A protein rich diet will keep blood sugar levels steady which will help to keep a steady mood throughout the day. Dips in blood sugar can make you irritable and feel more stressed.

Lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, pulses and seeds should all be included.

Slow energy releasing wholegrains are important too; brown rice, wholewheat pasta, wholemeal breads and crackers are all carbohydrates with a high fibre content, so will keep your blood sugar balanced.

Vegetables should accompany your meals and will add important fibre, vitamins and colour! Snacking on fruit is good too, but choosing sharp fruits such as apples, peaches or berries is the best way to avoid spiking your blood sugar.

Fruit Platter

To boost those all important serotonin levels, choose avocadoes, bananas, chicken and turkey, all of which contain high levels of an amino acid called tryptophan, the building block for serotonin.

Finally, good fats! Our brains are largely made up of fat and studies show the beneficial effect that omega 3 fat has on our brains, so include it in your diet. You can get it from oily fish, such as mackerel and salmon, or flax seed if you are vegetarian. It is also available as a supplement if you prefer to take it this way.

And the perfect complement to all of this? A bracing walk to blow the cobwebs away!

 

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