You are What You Eat
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "You are what you eat." This holds exceptionally true for athletes. Body builders eat loads of lean proteins like chicken and nuts so their bodies gain mass. Long distance runners eat carbohydrates the day before a big race to ensure that they have enough energy to see it through to the end.
The body is a fine-tuned machine, and the machine needs fuel.
But what about the mind? Nutrition, training methods, and the scientific community at large have come to embrace the idea that the mind and the body are closely tied together. So what kind of foods do you feed your mind to make sure it stays healthy and positive?
The Top 5 Mood Enhancing Foods
Fish in general makes for an excellent meal chock full of all kinds of beneficial vitamins and minerals. Among them are Omega-3 fatty acids which are shown to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressive properties, as well as anti-inflammatory qualities to help your joint health. Salmon also contains large amounts of vitamin B12 which is crucial for converting food into energy.
2. Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are a versatile food that is high in protein, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Sunflowers are a good substitute for people that suffer from allergies to tree nuts or peanuts. B6 is another vitamin used to convert food into energy and keep you going strong throughout the day. Magnesium serves a wide range of functions including the promotion of a healthy sleep cycle, the regulation of your body's glucose levels, and like the B vitamins, the conversion of food into energy. Together, all these functions contribute to a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Great news for the avocado lovers out there! Not only are avocados all the rage right now, they are healthy, sweet, and nutritious, with a beautiful and creamy texture. They are also a great source of vitamin B5 which the body needs in order to make neurotransmitters, the channels that the brain uses to transmit receptors like dopamine that contribute to feelings of psycho-social well-being.
Not only are almonds a great source of multiple minerals and vitamins, they are also an extremely quick, easy, and portable snack. Almonds are rich in protein, magnesium, and vitamin E which can enhance your mood by counteracting damaging free radicals that wreak havoc on your brain function.
Who doesn't love chocolate? More than just a guilty pleasure, real chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains multiple compounds such as phenylethylamine, magnesium, and other antioxidants which help the brain produce endorphins that increase happiness and help us feel a sense of relaxation and satisfaction.
Your Body is a Temple
You lead an active lifestyle, from the office to the gym. Your body is your temple, and it deserves only the finest offerings inside it. These five healthy snacks, as well as many other easy to make foods, offer healthy and balanced alternatives to sugary snacks, and keep both your mind and your body healthy and positive. At Trilogy, we offer both exercise and wellness classes to help you lead a balanced, healthy life. Please contact us for all your health and wellness needs.