Tips for Using Food to Boost Your Mood
There are many ways to perk up a plummeting mood, everything from journaling to taking a walk to taking a nap to listening to your favorite tunes. But you might not realize that the very thing you do about five times a day also can sweeten your sour feelings: Eating. Food fuels our bodies. And like the gas powering your car, “the quality of [your] fuel…dictates output,” said Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here’s how you can use food for happier results.
Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, is an associate editor at Psych Central and authors the body image blog Weightless. She writes about everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples to mindfulness and stress. You can learn more about her work at her website.