The decorations are down, the holiday is over and the daylight hours are still short. January - and February - can be a miserable time of year. This is definitely a time when we all need a mood boost!
As well as fresh air and exercise, the right foods can really help to keep us happy as well as healthy.
The three ‘S’s for mood boosting are Sugar, Season and Serotonin. Here are the ways to use them for a real happy meal!
Rollercoaster sugar levels mean big dips in mood, not helped by all those cups of warming coffee and tea. Keep things stable by eating your slow-release starchy food. Complex carbs are the way to go: try rice, wholemeal bread, pasta and potatoes (in the right portions, of course).
Fresh seasonal food gives us more nutrition, tastes better and can even be cheaper. Even though January seems to be a lean time for really fresh food, there are still choices. Look out for root vegetables such as leeks, beetroot and parsnips. Brussels sprouts may be a love or hate food, but if you like them feel free to indulge. Within reason, of course!
Serotonin is a brain chemical that is one of the main factors that affects our mood. Serotonin levels are affected by daylight, so January is a time when this natural mood booster needs some help. Give your brain a serotonin fix by choosing more of the right foods. These include leafy green vegetables (for their folate content) and fish (for Omega 3).
And the best news? Chocolate is a great serotonin-booster!
So keep your mood up with the right food, and remember that before long, ‘S’ will be for spring!
I shall work very hard not to be a grumpy husband!!
I'd never thought of eating food to boost my mood so I will give that a go (and try to boost my grumpy husband's intake too!)
glad it isn't just me who is miserable in January. Some good healthy comfort food is called for.
thanks for the reminder of all those seasonal vegetables - I really fancy some soup or roast veg now!