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The Good Mood Diet

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The Good Mood Diet

     “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude”, said Dennis S. Brown. Once upon a time. Somewhere. But sometimes, it’s just not that easy to be in a good mood. Between the rigors of every-day living and suddenly, a virus lurking behind each and every crevice on the planet, being in a good mood seems almost like some sick, twisted impossibility achieved only in the most optimistic of fairy tales. But fear not! Did you know certain foods actually have the ability to alter moods? Like, by a lot. 

     Now, the thing about the human mind, and body, is its ability to do just about anything.  With the exception of producing L-Tryptophan. It’s pretty bad at doing that considering well, it just can’t. And why does that matter? Well, L-Tryptophan, when processed in our bodies, converts to Serotonin, a crucial chemical known to aid with digestive health and overall well-being---or rather, “mood”. But if we can’t make it on our own, then we gotta’ get it from somewhere, right? And that’s where the “Mood Diet” comes into play! 

So let us take a look…

 

Eggs

        The yolks of eggs are full of L-tryptophan. If you aren't vegetarian, eggs are a great way to incorporate this much needed chemical into the first meal of the day. If what you're aiming for is a positive mood inducing meal, be sure to include the yolks. Egg whites don't contain half as much L-tryptophan as the yolk-y middle does. So, whichever way you prefer: Sunny-side up, scrambled, or fried, eggs are sure to keep you feeling happy and healthy. 

Tofu/Soy

       If you are vegetarian or vegan a wonderful source of L-tryptophan are tofu or soy food products. Tofu is a great protein substitute so whip up any of your favorite protein rich meals and throw in tofu as your meat alternative. Edamame is the perfect soy snack to munch on for a boost of l-tryptophan and miso soup is our favorite tofu meal when we're in need for some real feel good food.   

Salmon

      Salmon is a wonderful source of L-tryptophan and can be cooked or even eaten raw. Do you like sushi? Toss some salmon into your rolls to fill them with  l-tryptophan. If you're not a sushi fan, eating a nicely baked salmon filet will also give you everything your brain needs to produce serotonin. Salmon is one of the highest foods in l-tryptophan so whichever way you have it, it's definitely helping to enhance the way you feel. 

Seeds/Nuts

     Most seeds and nuts are full of this happy, natural chemical. Walnuts specifically have a ton of l-tryptophan. We suggest making a great trail mix full of walnuts and other seeds like chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pistachio nuts, all of which are full of what we need. Keeping a mix like this around can be really helpful when you need a mood boost. These seeds and nuts are also a great way to work l-tryptophan into your meals. 

CBD

     Along with all of the foods listed above, incorporating CBD into your daily regimen will aid in your body's production of serotonin. Researchers at the National Center for Biotechnology Information have recently found that when combined with CBD, the absorption of l-tryptophan is boosted significantly, aiding in the production of serotonin. This is why we feel relaxed or even more positive shortly after taking CBD. If you're having trouble enhancing your mood or feeling the effects of CBD it may be beneficial to add foods rich in l-tryptophan to your diet. The two work together wonderfully and need each other in order to make a positive difference in mood. You can find high quality CBD oils and products in our online shop. Just click the link above and select the CBD option that works best for you. 

 

     So there you have it. There's no better time to shift the focus of your diet to optimum mental health. These are some great foods and tools to get you started on the path to positive mental health. If you have questions about which CBD products to select or how to incorporate CBD into your regimen along with these foods don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@wellness.forsale. We're here to help you feel as mentally and physically strong as possible. 

 

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