So many people resort to medicine to help improve their mood that its easy to forget we can affect our moods and behaviors simply by adjusting what we consume. Here are three awesome ways to relieve your mood and fight the blues, which can help alter the course of your day and even your life.
1. Eat tryptophan-rich foods.
Tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin (which helps the body regulate mood). Foods high in tryptophan include crimini mushrooms, spinach, tofu, asparagus, cauliflower, collard greens, swiss chard, kale and broccoli.
2. Add omega-3s.
This is an essential fatty acid which the body cannot manufacture on it's own. Therefore it is important to intake omega-3 fatty acids from whole food sources. The benefits include relieving depression and irritability. Here are some great sources you can add in today. flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, cabbage, brussel sprouts, winter squash, strawberries and green beans.
3. Get plenty of laughter and sunshine.
Getting outside and enjoying nature is one the most important things we can do for ourselves on a daily basis. If you can get out even for a few minutes each day and appreciate the sun or the stars it can affect your thoughts and emotions. Lastly a good laugh can also alter your thoughts. Try to find a sense of humor in everyday events. Even a smile at a stranger can work wonders for your soul.
Here's a recipe I call Happy Cakes, which can help you load up on tryptophan and omega-3s. They're easy to make and taste so great, and you can try them as your main dish or as a side. As for the laughter and sunshine, you'll have to get those on your own!
- 1/2 cup of gently steamed cauliflower, broken up into small pea size pieces
- 1/4 cup chopped crimini mushrooms
- 1 cup of chopped spinach
- 1/4 walnuts chopped
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup corn flour
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- salt and pepper to taste
- Coconut oil for frying
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until sticky. Take a small handful and shape into round, flat cakes and drop into hot pan (I use two tablespoons of coconut oil for frying). Brown on both sides about 3 minutes each. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then move into preheated oven of 200 degrees to keep warm. I like to serve them with a dollop of plain greek yogurt mixed with cumin and freshly grated ginger.
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