Lose Weight, Feel Great With The Good Mood Diet
Why do people need to watch out for Feel-Bed Foods? What effect do they have on the body?
Alcohol: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Stick to one or two glasses of wine or beer or a mixed drink a week. You may feel good in the moment, but the next day will be a different story. Anyone who is a seasoned dieter knows alcohol puts the brakes on weight loss. It slows everything down, and the goal is to speed things up.
Sugary foods: Eating too much sugar raises blood sugar rapidly. This can be bad for the body, especially if you do it on a regular basis. Satisfy your sweet tooth, but make a little go a long way. Eat a small brownie or nibble on a piece of chocolate cake. Remember, though, the highs and lows of blood sugar make you feel physically fatigued. They affect you mentally. Every time your blood sugar plummets, the serotonin in your brain plummets. Once you start having those sugary foods, you want more. The more you have, the worse you feel during the in-between time. It's OK to enjoy those sweet treats on occasion, but over time, they become feel-bad foods.
Fatty foods: High-fat foods hang around in the stomach and make you feel lethargic. They take a long time to digest. As they go through you, they make you feel lousy. If you talk with anyone eating a diet full of high-fat foods, the minute they stop, they feel remarkably better. People don't realize how bad they felt when they were eating them.
What's a Feel-Great Food, and why are they so great?
"Feel-Great Foods" are chock-full of essential nutrients, antioxidants and other health-enhancing properties. Your brain chemistry is altered by everything you put in your body. The goal of The Good Mood Diet is to consume foods that work to raise serotonin levels, which give you that feel-good feeling. Oftentimes, traditional diets leave people experiencing hunger and deprivation. This, in turn, can lead to depression.
The list of Feel-Great Foods could be really huge. These foods are on the list because of all the research and studies that have been done about these foods. A lot of fruits like pomegranates, blueberries and strawberries are on the list because they're so high in antioxidants, which is critical for brain health along with heart health.
Other foods that are unique, for instance, are dairy foods. They are high in tryptophan, which crosses the blood-brain barrier, elevating brain concentrations of serotonin and enhancing mood. Feel-great foods are whole foods.
Milk and the proteins in milk are fabulous for promoting muscle recovery after exercise. Everything in this diet isn't only about the brain, but also about helping the body recover. You don't have to be an athlete for this to work. Even if you go out for a walk, these foods are going to promote muscle recovery so you're not so sore. You feel better. You can continue to have the energy you need and you can maximize the time spent exercising.
What are some other examples of Feel-Great Foods?
Soybeans, eggs, fish and seafood, garlic, low-fat and fat-free dairy, bananas, turkey, cocoa powder, beans, green tea, nuts, lean pork, spinach, whole grains, and more.
On the flip side, what are Feel-Bad Foods?
These are fatty foods, those kind of foods that hang around in your stomach and make you feel lethargic. They take a long time to digest. Typically, as they're going through you until you completely digest them, they make you feel lousy if you eat a lot of them on a regular basis. If you talk with anyone who's eating a diet full of high-fat foods, the minute they stop, they feel remarkably better. You don't realize how bad you felt when you were eating them. It's a short list. None of these are bad on occasion. There are no outlawed foods with The Good Mood Diet.