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2/20/2020 0 Comments
food affects mood
Hey there! How's it going? When was the last time you felt like that?👉🏽
(Even if I did feel like that, I don't think I could get that far off the ground to show it. LOL)
No matter what mood you are in as you read this, the food you have been eating has something to do with it. Just as the food you eat can change your weight, it also changes the structure and function of your organs-- including your brain. And the state of your brain directly affects your mood. There is a relatively young (around 10 years old) field of study called Nutritional Psychiatry that aims to help folks manage their mental state through nutritional changes. Food affects mood. It rhymes, therefore it is true. 🤣
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Since about 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, and your gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, it makes sense that the inner workings of your digestive system don’t just help you digest food, but also guide your emotions.
Long story short- pay attention to how food makes you feel. If you have been crabby or lethargic for what seems like no reason, think about what you have been eating. Consider cutting back on the sugar and the processed foods to see if you notice a difference.
Cheers to a good mood!
2/17/2020 0 Comments
bet ya can't eat just one
This little snack is great for your next meal prep day or for the next time you need a little something sweet. They are small, but really filling. Here is what you will need:
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
extra 1/2 banana, sliced (optional- for pressing into top)
1 1/2 C old-fashioned oats
1 t cinnamon
1 T chia seeds
2 T chopped walnuts (optional)
3 T nut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
2. Mix all ingredients.
3. Scoop batter onto cookie sheet and press sliced banana onto the top of each cookie to flatten a bit.
4. Bake for about 15 minutes.
If you don't like banana, you could probably use sweet potato or pumpkin.
If you want a little more sweetness, try 1-2 T of honey or pure maple syrup
Any other add-ins would be fun- dried fruit, flax, other nuts, mini chocolate chips, coconut, etc.
About the Author
Kim is a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and group fitness instructor. She is a mom of two grown kiddos, and a former elementary school teacher. Most days, she can be found training clients, prepping food, thinking about food, or writing about food. She is also obsessed with mindset and habits. She is a 9w1 on the enneagram.
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