foodmood

 

Did you know that food can create change in our bodies on a cellular level, affecting not just our health, but even our mood?  Food that is alive and from the earth will energize and invigorate you, while processed, pre-packaged, dead food (think junk food) will leave you feeling lethargic and uninspired, like a light that has fizzled out.  Makes sense doesn’t it?

Dark green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll, which is kind of like liquid sunshine. It is the substance in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and convert it into usable energy.  When we consume raw dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard, we fill our body with the equivalent of the plant’s life blood – the very thing that allows a seed to flourish and take form.

Chemically, the blood of the plant, chlorophyll, is very similar to our blood and, when consumed, it helps us to oxygenate and breathe life into every cell.  Pretty cool, huh? Chlorophyll is also extremely cleansing and detoxifying.

When you start incorporating more leafy greens and more whole foods, pay attention to how your mood improves. Studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are associated with a lower risk of depression!

In my work with clients we focus on decreasing processed, bad-mood foods and replacing them with energizing whole foods. By eating food that vibrates with life, we increase our life-force energy and feel more radiant inside and out!

Here are some high frequency mood-boosting foods for you to try:

1. Tree Fruits – try apples, pears, bananas, coconuts, avocados, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, oranges, lemons, limes, mangos, pomegranates, blueberries, cherries, and olives.

2. Veggies in every color of the rainbow. When you eat all the colors, you get the most variety of phytonutrients (nutrients only found in plants).

3. Raw Cacao – chocolate in its pure form has over 1,200 phytonutrients. It contains nutrients like magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese.  It also contains phenylethylamine, which are the feel good characteristics, and theobromine which dilates the cardiovascular system to allow all the benefits to come in.

4. Goji Berries – packed with antioxidants, which can help minimize free radical damage to our cells.

5. Cultured and Fermented Foods –a great source of probiotics, which will help your digestion stay on track.

I firmly believe in the old saying, “You are what you eat.”  Junk in = feeling like junk. And rich, living, nutrient-dense food = much happier body and mind.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Why not try a de-junking experiment yourself and rock your body and mind with some fresh and fabulous food?

If you need some help using food to improve your mood, then please reach out. I’d be happy to help!

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