Food to Balance Your Mood (cont.)
- Maintain a stable blood sugar, no big swings. This means frequent small meals and snacks, every four hours or so.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Exercise 20 minutes a day for mood -- and an hour for fat-burning.
- Do not follow an extremely low-fat diet (quick weight loss is also bad for mood, Heller says). Fat is needed for anti-depression. Stick with polyunsaturated and monounstaurated fats and fatty fish or flaxseeds, which are full of healthy omega-3 fats.
- Take in tryptophan, an amino acid that makes blood sugar accessible to the neurotransmitters. This means milk or turkey. Eat a carb alongside your tryptophan source for better absorption.
- Have breakfast.
- Spend time in the produce department when you shop (try to eat a lot of bright colors, which means fruits and veggies).
- Pass on food items that come wrapped in crackly cellophane.
- Limit coffee (even nutritionist Kimball drinks some).
- Don't eliminate any one food group, such as carbs.
Originally published Nov. 11, 2002.
Medically updated Jan. 8, 2004.
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