Me: My name is Notorious Spinks and I’m an emotional eater!
You: Yaaa Spinks!
Yes the first step to getting past any problem is admitting you have one, right?Â Well in admitting that I have a problem and I’ve been looking for ways to overcome it or at least manage it.Â With the numerous events (mom passing, dad having triple bypass surgery, grandma passing) that I’ve dealt with over the last year, it hasn’t been easy.Â I’ve been a junk food eating mess!
It should get easier now that I’ve admitted the problem…huh?
Well while doing my research I came across some great information about how certain foods communicate with our bodies and how it can affect us while experiencing certain moods.
First up is stress.Â If you’re like me you’re always stressing about something.Â When I’m stressed I crave sweets.Â My favorites are black walnut ice cream and birthday cake… Not just cake but birthday cake!
Don’t judge me…
However, I found three foods to try in the place of sweets when I’m stressed:
- Oatmeal – I read that it trigger sthe release of serotonin in the body which can help to relax you.
- Avocado – Helps sensitize receptors in your brain to serotonin.Â It also has monounsaturated fats and helps decrease blood pressure.
- Milk – Contains whey protein which can lower anxiety and frustration
Next up there’s depression.Â This has been a big struggle for me over the last year.Â It seems that I come out of my funk for a little while and then I’m back in.Â Recently my doctor prescribed me some meds after I cried my entire visit.Â I explained to him it was because it was close to Mother’s Day but he wouldn’t hear it.Â So I’m taking the pills and I can tell a difference in my moods.Â FYI: I’m learning it’s okay to get help.Â Sometimes we just need it.
These are some of the goodies I found to eat when I’m feeling depressed:
- Spinach – Contains folic acid which can helpÂ normal levels of serotonin in the brain and can improve your mood.Â I also found that it’s high in magnesium and can create a relaxing and calming effect.
- Chocolate – May increase mood and reduce anxiety although it may be mild and temporary.Â – Like we need a reason to indulge…
Last there’s that feeling of being tired all the time.Â I know a lot of mines comes from not getting much sleep.Â I’m working on that though. I’m getting older and I need all
12 8 hours.Â LOL!
Here are some foods that may help in this area:
- Water – It’s needed to convert food to energy.Â Also it’s need to keep our body hydrated because when we are dehydrated it can leave us feeling tired and fatigued.
- Pineapple – The high levels of magnesium and thiamine may help our bodies burn carbs for energy.
- Almonds – Also high in magnesium and may help our bodies make energy more efficiently.
I’m not sure about you but I see so many of the foods that I love on this list.Â One thing that I have neglected doing this past year is grocery shopping.Â I’ve been on so much junk food, fast food and no food.Â My biggest problem is I don’t eat enough.Â I often find myself only eating once per day and I know this isn’t good.Â So this week I’m making out a formal grocery list and take steps towardÂ getting back on track.Â Right now I don’t feel normal..Â I refuse to continue neglecting my health.
*Please not this is just a summary of some tips I found while browsing the Internet.Â They are not intended to be used a medical treatments or advice.Â Try at your own risk. Â (I don’t want any saying, “Well Spinks said I can stop with my meds if I eat this…”)
Are there any specific foods you eat to help alter moods?
What are some of the ways you overcome negative moods?