So, today is apparently the most miserable day of the entire year. What a thought to wake up to on a Monday morning. You may disagree and be actually pretty darn happy, thank you very much, but if you are suffering from the mid-January blues, then don’t fear, we have help at hand. While there’s obviously more to it than what you eat, having a healthy diet can seriously boost your mood, getting you on the road to being as ‘happy’ as a certain mr Pharrell Williams (see what I did there?)
“There is no doubt that a diet full of chemicals and additives can definitely have a negative effect on your mood,” says uber-nutritionist Vicki Edgson, author of several books including Honestly Healthy and founder of the excellent Vital Energy retreats. “Some people, for instance, are particularly sensitive to sweeteners, such as aspartame (found in all fizzy drinks), which has now been recognised as a neurotoxin. Eating clean, natural foods as close to nature as nature intended, has a positive effect on all functions of the body, not least your brain and mood.”
And so, what foods should you be eating? Vicki suggests the following….
Salmon, sardines and mackerel all contain abundant omega-3 essential fats for boosting your mood and keep you feeling on top of things. Vegetarian alternatives include almonds, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Kale and Chard, which are rich in magnesium, are important for keeping you chilled and in control.
Brown rice is high in zinc and B3, both of which are essential for uplifting your mood.
Cottage cheese is high in tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the ‘happy’ hormone.
Chicken liver is packed with Niacin, a vitamin which research shows is a potent natural antidepressant.
I also recommend all the whole grains, but not processed flours, breads and biscuits, as these have had all the goodness squeezed out of them.
And remember, it may be grey outside, it may be January, you might be feeling flabby/broke/tired/sun-starved (delete as appropriate), but in the words of the mighty Monty Python, always look on the bright side of life!