Sluggish. Bloated.Tired. If you often feel like this at the end of the day, then it’s more than likely that your diet could be in need of some rejuvenation. The quality of your diet can have a significant effect on your mood, and by considering your nutrition and hydration, you can start to feel nourished, positive and energised once again.
Having a slow, steady release of energy throughout the day can have a stabilising influence over your ability to handle the stresses of the day by helping you to avoid fluctuations in glucose levels.
Ensuring you have diet rich in carbohydrates, such as fruit, vegetables, potatoes and cereals, will mean that you will feel fuller for longer, and are less likely to experience those dips in attention and focus, that are commonly associated with hunger. Starting the day with a low GI breakfast, such as porridge oats or eggs will help to keep your mood on target until lunchtime.
Adopting a little and often approach to meals and snacks will also help to improve concentration and minimise feelings of light-headedness. Having healthy snacks, such as fruit, seeds or nuts to hand,will help to maintain blood sugar levels between meals and also prevent you from over-eating at mealtimes.
If you are feeling low, angry or upset, try to avoid turning to food for comfort. Whilst a short term sugar rush may feel as though you’ve enhanced your mood, ultimately it can leave you feeling down. Seeing food as a reward can lead to excessive consumption of calories, with consequence for weight gain, health and overall well-being. Learn to reward yourself in other ways; go for a brisk walk or a short run and release those exercise endorphins that are so very good at making you feel good, or
treat yourself to that must-have item you’ve had your eye on. You’re worth it.
As well as thinking about what we eat, adequate hydration is equally important. It is recommended that we have 6-8 glasses of fluid a day. Being fully hydrated can impact greatly on performance, helping to fight fatigue and focus your concentration on tasks. Drinking tea, coffee, sugar-free drinks and water all count to your daily total, and by keeping track of your fluid intake you’ll not only lift your mood, you can also help to control your appetite.
If you think food is messing with your mood, why not give PD Nutrition a call for a free consultation to see how we can help.