No doubt you’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat”, but there’s  more meaningful depth behind those few words than you might realise…

What you eat affects your mood

In fact, mood also influences your food choices, so this is a circular process.

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The better your mood, the better you eat. Conversely if you are in a bad mood, you’ll be much more likely to indulge in bad choice comfort foods according to Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab.

What we’ve known for centuries

As far back as Hippocrates (regarded as the Godfather of modern medicine), people have known that food is medicine. Even in medieval times (dating back as far as the 11th century) people recognized that food affected their mood.

At that time, according to Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, “quince, dates and elderberries were used as mood enhancers, lettuce and chicory as tranquilizers, and apples pomegranates, beef and eggs as erotic stimulants.”

Recent knowledge on food and mood

The comfort or indulgent foods that bring back warm fuzzy memories can positively affect your mood. They can temporarily decrease stress, depression and loneliness.

However it’s not all good news! The apparent positives can be counteracted by the negative psychological effects such as the guilt that often follows.

good mood food_2These foods also have more negative physiological effects.

In a study outlined in ScienceDirect, they found that foods that are higher in nutrients and lower in salt, sugar and fat where chosen by people in good moods while those in a bad mood chose the opposite which produces a quick energy boost while at the same time improving their mood – temporarily.

My 1 Week Good Mood Food Diet

As mentioned, the relationship between food and modd has been known for 1000 years and we have of course made huge progress when it comes to  studying the complex relationship between foods and our moods.

Today, I’m going to share with you a 1-week food diet that will be sure to get you in a good mood. It’s packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids, folate, B-vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan and lower glycemic foods.

It also includes chocolate! According to Mayoclinic.org, these have all been found to improve your mood.

Be prepared to be delighted by this delicious, nutritious and colorful 1-week diet

Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
1 Oatmeal with raspberries & walnuts
Milk of choice
Spinach salad with almonds, cranberries and feta cheese with vinaigrette
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Baked salmon, brown rice and broccoli
Sliced melon
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pistachios
2 Yogurt with granola and berries
Fresh squeezed Orange juice
Whole grain roll
Vegetable soup
Green salad topped with carrots, raisins and apples with oil and balsamic vinegar
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Baked chicken breast, yam, green beans
Pear
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1” square dark chocolate
3 Toasted bagel with cream cheese and lox,
½ banana
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Turkey sandwich with avocado, lettuce, tomato on whole grain bread
Orange
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Chili with beans
Cornbread
Green salad with tomato and cucumbers
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almonds
4 Amaranth cereal topped with pecans, berries and honey
Milk of choice
Kale salad with red bell pepper, pine nuts, cauliflower, parmesan cheese & croutons with vinaigrette
Apple
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Turkey loaf
Mashed potato
Peas
Grapes
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yoghurt
5 Poached egg over wilted greens
Whole grain toast with avocado
Grapefruit
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Cornbread
Lentil soup
Green salad with oil and vinegar
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Grilled trout, quinoa,
Baked butternut squash
Baked apple with cinnamon and honey
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trail mix
6 Granola with flax seed, milk and banana
Apple
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Spinach salad with tuna, green beans and tomato with vinaigrette
Berries
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Baked turkey breast
Sweet potato
Carrots and broccoli
Tangerine
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Sardines and whole grain crackers
7 Plain yogurt with strawberries and honey topped with chopped almonds
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Whole grain crackers
Wild mushroom soup
Caesar salad
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Red beans and rice with peas, garden salad
1” dark chocolate
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Walnuts

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