How food can affect your mood

Did you know that your food choices can affect the way you feel? Energy slumps, feeling low and difficulty sleeping can all be the result of poor food choices.

Improving your diet may help to:

  1. Improve your mood
  2. Give you more energy
  3. Help you think more clearly.

Here are our tops tips to boost your mood through food!

Choose the right carbohydrates

Our brain runs primarily on glucose which we get from eating carbohydrate rich foods. Severely restricting carbohydrates can make you feel grumpy and tired as the brain is no longer getting an adequate glucose supply.   

Better carbohydrate choices for sustained energy release:

  • Fruit
  • Wholegrains like grainy bread, brown rice and oats
  • Sweet potato
  • Milk and yoghurt

Avoid these refined carbohydrates as they raise sugar levels too quickly:

  • Soft drink 
  • Juice
  • Snack foods like biscuits and chips
  • Lollies and chocolate
  • White bread

Timing is important

When you eat can have an effect on your mood:

  • Going long periods of time without eating can cause a drop in blood sugar levels, leading to feeling tired and irritable.
  • Overeating to the point of feeling uncomfortable can make you feel tired and lethargic.
  • Eating moderate sized meals on a consistent schedule will help maintain steady blood sugar levels and result in an even mood.