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Feeling Blue? Try These Healthy Foods To Give You A Boost

Posted Aug 05 2008 7:09pm
I have a touch of the flu tonight so I am recycling one of my all time favorite posts. Instead of regaling you with all the tales of my aches and pains I am sharing with you this post that I hope gives your spirit a lift when you need it.

Food, food, glorious food! I love to eat and am having so much fun learning just how important our diets are to every aspect of our lives-including helping to boost our spirits. It is wonderful to have information on health and diet so we can feel more in control of our lives and be our best inside and out. After reading this you will have no more excuses to be cranky, got it?!

We've all had those days when we feel down and don't know why or we just need a pick me up (actually we have had those days when we are outright terrors if the truth be told). These healthy food choices will actually help to rev your engine and chase those blues away. Hello sunshine!

**Try Some Dessert-Yes! You read that right, try some dessert!Sugar soothesus when we're feeling stressed out ( I know that to be true and willtakefull advantage).Butbefore 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 alwaysmoderation is the key here.

**Beans-Like most legumes, beans arerich 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 toadd 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 offolate, a B vitamin that you need to make theserotoninthat makes you feel good.Folateis strong enough to ease clinical depression, say researchers and low levels offolatehave been linked to depression. A cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the recommended daily allowance offolicacid-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. More food tipshere, andhere.
**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 cannedSalmonwith bones contains vitamin D which has been linked to possibly increasing our levels ofserotonin- one of the keyneurotransmittersinfluencing our mood.

I found thisrecipeWarm Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goats' You could use spinach salad, add walnuts and lentils and hopefully you and your guests will be feeling great.

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


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