Feed your... mood
Turns out that hangry is a real thing. It was long believed that food didn’t impact your mood because nutrients couldn’t pass through the blood-brain barrier, but now it is understood that getting enough total calories during the day is what best creates a positive mood. Your brain runs exclusively on glucose, and if you’re short on calories, your brain expresses its distaste by making you grumpy, irritable and even depressed.
Diversify your calorie intake by eating a variety of healthy foods to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients needed, and especially prioritize dark leafy greens and whole grains, such as oatmeal or quinoa, to ensure you maximize your intake of B vitamins and magnesium. New discoveries also show that the health of your gut can impact mood. To boost your body’s feel-good response, opt for foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, grass-fed beef, nuts and seeds.