Is your food making you happy or sad?
If someone told you “Oh…my food makes me feel happy” your immediate reaction would be “Have you had your pills?”…. think hard and you may find that this could be true for you too.
Food can impact moods and generally this is attributed to taste, aroma and even texture. It can make you feel good or at times guilty especially when working towards a weight loss plan. The general tendency of food impacting our moods is common and these types of foods are known as comfort or mood foods.
Comfort foods at times are also related to nostalgia. Experts share opinions that generally these food types remind us of happier times spent with family or friends. These can and may vary between individuals while some may find comfort in a dollop of chocolate ice-cream or a slice of mud cake; others could find this in a packet of fries or mashed potatoes.
Today, we live our lives at break neck speed and it is hardly a surprise that we search for the ‘pick me up’ feel good foods such as chocolate, cake and chips and if you relate with good times these are foods that you tend to eat during happier times.
Mood foods are generally deemed to be high in sugars, fats, caffeine or are rich in carbohydrates and these types of comfort foods generally leave you feeling good and calm after consumption, but the question to be asked is at what cost, for how long and is it worth?
Although one perceives that an occasional extravagance in these types of food may be justified. In the long run excessive indulgence in foods that are high in sugar, fats and caffeine can have a detrimental effect on your health and may contribute to elevated stress levels.
Our food consumption is directly related to our energy levels, moods and our overall wellbeing and it is important that we eat what is right which is beneficial for our body and our overall health.
It is important to identify your body’s craving for these comfort foods and control these by starting to eat right; you can solve the problem by providing your body with the right nutrients regularly.
While it is true that these mood foods boost our mind and energy for a short term, there are healthier alternatives available in the market today…..these taste just as good and can make you feel great with a minimum impact on your health and body size.
And if…at times you do indulge in a slice of your favourite chocolate cake (that’s my favourite)… hit the gym for the extra hour…. to burn the calories…. off your body along with the guilt of your conscience….
Till next time – Be happy and Eat Healthy !
This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately.