It’s well known that what we eat influences significantly how we feel, and the overall state of our health. “Let food be thy medicine,” said Aristotle. But did you know that some foods can also lift your spirits?
In this blog, we explore 6 foods to incorporate into your weekly diet.
Blueberries, blackberries, and the likes are so delicious and contain powerful antioxidants, including the critical Vitamin C which is critical in its role with Cortisol, the hormone that is released when we are stressed.
2. Coldwater fish (Salmon, Tuna)
All cold water fish aka sardines, mackerel, trout – possess high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, essential for the brain and alleviating anxiety, and keeping us calm.
Black beans, lentils, and lima beans are a fantastic source of fiber and protein and contain high levels of magnesium, a wonder mineral that helps relax.
4. Herbal tea
Many herbal teas, such as chamomile, have calming properties. Black, green, white, and red (rooibos) teas are also rich in antioxidants. Drinking a cup of warm tea can relieve stress and lift the spirits. Try swapping that second cup of coffee in the morning with green tea – it will keep you alert without the jitters.
5. Leafy green veggies
Eat your greens! Did you know that kale is loaded with mood-moderating magnesium and raw spinach contains bliss-enhancing nutrients? They also are a great source of Vitamin C – you cannot go wrong by eating your greens. Ever.
6. Dark chocolate
Many people would choose chocolate as their ultimate vice food. The very taste of chocolate can produce a near euphoric state in many people. Brain healthy dark chocolate is full of protein and fiber and supports a positive mood and healthy cognition. Choose 70% cocoa and moderation in this case, is advised.
As the founder of VEEV Health & Wellness, Annie Gaudreault supports women at mid-life and beyond by giving them the tools and strategies to take charge of their health so they are empowered to age with vitality and strength. A licensed holistic nutritionist, wellness coach, and speaker, Annie helps make sense of all the health and wellness information out there, helping women make informed decisions to establish habits and systems that support their best health and best life, showing them that aging well is possible and that some of their best years are yet to come.