Are you moody? Or do you have mood swings? What you eat may be to blame. Research has shown that foods affect your mood by changing the brain’s production of messengers, known as neurotransmitters. Two of the neurotransmitters are dopamine and inephrine. They keep you alert, motivated, and help you have fast reaction times.
Another neurotransmitter is serotonin , which has a calming affect. Let’s look at what foods alter these neurotransmitters..
Proteins help keep you alert, motivated, and give you mental energy. You should eat 3 to 4 ounces at each meal. Some good sources of protein include: Fish, Shellfish, Veal, Chicken, Lean beef, Eggs, Tofu, Dried legumes, Low-fat dairy products
Carbohydrates help you to relax and focus. All most people need to eat is about 11/2 ounces with a meal. Some good sources of carbohydrates include: Grain-based foods, Gum drops, Marshmallows, Potatoes, Rice, Popcorn, Crackers and Starch vegetables
You can fix meals with right amounts of foods to help your mood. Breakfast should contain protein, but little or no fat. Lunch should also contain protein, and low in fat in calories. For snacks eat a few crackers or a handful of jelly beans. Dinner should be high in carbohydrates to help you relax in the evening. If you have things to do after dinner, go light on the carbs and heavier on the protein. Bedtime snacks should contain carbohydrates to help you wind down before turning in for the night.
Don’t drink warm milk at bedtime, it has protein that will energize you. If you want to keep your mood stable and have energy when you need it, or be able to relax, follow these tips.