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Foods to Boost Your Mood

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by Rania H (subscribe)
Rania Hussein
Published February 6th 2013
Ever woke up with a sudden urge to cry…feeling heavy inside out…takes forever to get one leg out of bed…loves wearing that "I am loser" t-shirt.

It's not another bad hair day, so stop blaming your hair, everyone is not conspiring against you and work is the place where you get paid at the end of the month and buy cute stuff with the paycheck. You're probably inflicting this upon yourself by eating the wrong food at very bad times. So let me introduce you to your food buddy that will magically charm your day and turn your frown upside down…don't worry I am not going to talk about flan here!

Jazzy food boosters: if you want to stay on your toes, your menu should include a mix of carbohydrates, fibre and protein like; fish, nuts, sprouts, apples, broccoli, low-fat yoghurt and skimmed milk and most importantly lemon, just the smell of it turns on your alert bulbs.

But coffee, espresso and other caffeinated brews are alert fakers; they give you post caffeine crashes; drowsy dripping eyelids along with too much sweating and irritability.

Zingy food boosters: if you and Dopey the dwarf from Snow White seem to have many things in common - wake up and smell the food snooze. Let the energy run through your veins with a prescription of low-glycemic carbohydrates like; brown rice, sweet potato, carrot, pineapples and oats. Stay away from high-glycemic carbohydrates like; sugar, white bread, wheat crackers, bagel, rice and pasta.

Sassy food boosters: you don't have to go through your old school books or overtake creativity courses to feel smart; I know Bill Gates and Robert Wood Johnson ate a lot of prunes despite what they say that they're god-gifted - prune is the secret. There are also avocados, eggs and oatmeal.

Peppy food boosters: wipe away this constant 111 carved between your eyebrows and say hello to cheek dimples with a dish of strawberries, chocolate, ice-cream, bananas, grapes, oranges, blueberries, salmon, tofu, French bread, spinach, pasta and sesame seeds.

But slow down on the chocolates and ice-cream, 'cause they're but cranky analgesics with a short time feeling of happiness and the more you take, the more you're unsatisfied.

Breezy food boosters: if you're always having your undies in a twist, don't thrash your cellphone, simply fill your fridge with these soothers; milk, chicken, cheese, turkey, rice, honey, figs, cereals, potatoes and of course the all-time-winners cakes and desserts.

Youthful-looky food boosters: look younger everyday with the right nourishment; start your day with biscuits and toast, always keep colourful fruits in your snack pack, use olive oil while cooking, add barley to stew, rice or soup, make garlic, chives, leeks and shallots your key ingredients, eat lentils and beans from time to time and have yoghurt everyday and unfortunately hot peppers is an important younger looking hush-hush, now I get it, my husband can't taste a meal without them and that's why he keeps getting younger.

Sexy-looky food boosters: no need for beauty parlours and spa treatments anymore, our own cheap foxy promoters are here; tomatoes, mango, apricots, pomegranates, cantaloupes, pumpkin seeds, green tea, lean meat, sardines, almonds, peanut butter and oysters.

Finally, catch more quality Zzzzs with: hot cocoa, warm milk, cherry, cornflakes, mashed potatoes, watermelon, french fries, pretzels and mint leaves.

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Don't forget to drink 8 glasses of water daily; countless aces for each glass and don't skip meals, as in don't stay with an empty tummy for over 3 hours, cut down on caffeine and soft drinks and balance your meals.
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Why? Food can boost whatever mood you want
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I really enjoyed this article! I suppose the coffee, tea, and pancakes I had for breakfast don't count as good mood foods ;)
by Erin (score: 2|522) 2129 days ago
At lot of this is contradictory and misleading. Some of it downright wrong. eg How do biscuits and toast for breakfast keep you looking younger? Even your pyramid is wrong. Our 'majority food' should be vegetables not grains, rice and cereal. This is old thinking. Read Nourishing Traditions.
by The savy foodie (score: 0|5) 2127 days ago
Fact check: Calrose brown rice (which you are most likely to get here in Aust) has a GI of 87(high); basmati and doongara rices have a moderate GI. Pasta generally has a low to moderate GI - see The New Glucose Revolution pp 324-326. Interesting article, thankyou.
by sueca (score: 2|113) 2127 days ago
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