It turns out that you really can. Good news right? Well by “happiness,” I’m talking about the lasting happiness, not the happiness that is fleeting and momentary that comes from taking the first bite of your hot fudge sundae. This distinction is very important. I’m talking about sustainable happiness; keep that in mind as you continue reading.
Thousands of people try to eat there way to happiness. Just take a look at America and the high obesity rates. We love our instant joy foods like fast food, cookies, donuts, Twinkies, ice cream, and the candy at the checkout line at your local grocery store. Sugar does indeed momentarily lift us up due to the temporary boost in blood sugar levels that actively alters your brain’s chemistry. But after the moment of happiness, depression sets in and takes a lot longer to wear off than that second of pleasure. In the worst cases, people get addicted to this momentary splurge of happiness and keep eating those unhealthy, sugar-filled foods in order to hold onto that happiness high. This such sugar dependence leads to long-term obesity, diabetes, and depression – a very sad fate for America and the rest of the world.
Going back to the initial question, can you eat your way to happiness? Well you’re in luck; there are a number of foods that can indeed promote long-term happiness. You want healthy foods that can promote a positive outlook on life – not just for a moment – but for the rest of your life!
This list starts with high-quality omega-3’s. They provide one of the most sustainable and powerful boosts to healthy moods. Also, they are commonly available! You can get them from fish, quality marine supplements, chia seeds, flax seeds, and various other quality nutritional supplements.
Healthy nuts are also great for supporting lasting happiness. Pecans are awesome for not just sustaining healthy moods but also healthy brain function – sounds like a win-win to me. Almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts and walnuts all have great health-supporting properties that give you that happiness you are seeking. Eating more raw nuts will help you create long term better brain balance!
Green Tea and Adaptogens
A lot of typical stimulants are not good for you at all; however, green tea doesn’t have the typical problems associated with it. Drink decaffeinated green tea for that extra lift. Adaptogenic herbs are great for helping you handle stress, and guess what? Reduced stress equals better moods – nothing too surprising there. Some great adaptogens are ginseng, ashwagandha, rhodiola, cordyceps mushroom and a bunch of others.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Fresh veggies and fruits are awesome for you. Honestly, you simply can’t over-eat them, so eat all you want. They are packed full of mood-listing nutrients that also can help prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Fruits are great with breakfast, lunch, for snacks, or even dessert. You simply can’t go wrong with them. And they are perfect as a healthy alternative for people with a sweet tooth.
Let’s keep it simple, sugar and caffeine. You get momentary happiness at the cost of a later crash that can lead you into a downward spiral. Avoid them.
Healthy foods lead to healthy moods. Yes! Food can make you happy, just make sure to choose the right foods to better your mood and decrease stress.