Conversations about diets are full of complete misinformation, and these myths tend to make people believe that food is just food, that there’s not a lot of truth or science behind what we eat. But that is far from the truth.
What we eat and how we eat affects every part of our lives. Literally everything. Not just our mood but our energy, our stress, our anxiety, even into our spirituality and beliefs.
So today I want to talk about how diet affects your mood. This point is so undervalued including in the self-help world where the need to lose weight dominate all discussions on diet to the point that almost any other point gets lost in the fold.
I’m not going to talk about weight. That kind of concern brings a lot of negativity. Instead, I’m going to share how certain foods affect your mood and what you can do to your diet to achieve a better balance.
Vitamins Bring You Life
Very often folks who feel fatigued will turn to a caffeinated drink like coffee, tea, or soda. They find out it doesn’t work and for whatever reason they get another cup. Not drinking enough coffee is not the reason you’re tired, and it’s possible that lack of sleep isn’t contributing as much as you think.
Feeling tired and without energy is actually a symptom of vitamin deficiency. And while it won’t make you wake up in the jittery way that coffee does, it does bring more life to your entire system.
Plus, having vitamins everyday, either through fruit or a single multivitamin (or both, both is not that bad to have) can help you decrease your dependency on caffeine. Despite what the corporate world says, drinking tons and tons of coffee is actually a really really bad idea.
Sugars and Caffeine Will Make You Crash Like a Speeding Car on I-95
Historically, most of our ancestors have never seen anything like sugar. Some may have used a small amount, but it was considered a delicacy. Humankind is now facing such a huge overabundance of this resource that our bodies are not equipped to handle.
Caffeine is a little different, cultures have had it for a long time, but you can still have too much, and chances are you are currently drinking too much.
Both of these are fine to have in moderation, but our culture fights really hard against it. If you try to avoid sugars entirely you will find that it’s actually very difficult to do. That’s because everyone is putting sugar in everything. It’s addictive and so you keep coming back.
But the effect that these two have on your mood is slightly positive short term, and really bad long term. You get a high or a buzz (which honestly can be overwhelming and counterproductive for some) for a little bit, and then your body crashes. When you crash you want to get back to having that high energy, so you get more sugar and more caffeine, building something of an addiction.
The solution is to snack on fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Or phase it out with more dark chocolate sweets or switch from coffee to tea. Your vitamins keep you awake and alert without a crash, and you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
For the best selfcare, eat a balanced diet. Don’t worry about how much you eat necessarily or your weight, just make sure you get something from every food group. Get your sugars from fruits, not sweets. Have all your vitamins and decrease the amount of caffeine. More vegetables and more protein, and less processed foods should make you feel happier, healthier, more energized, and more balanced.