‘Put ’em on your grocery list’

Food and mood are so intertwined that they have inspired a new area of ​​brain study: nutritional psychiatry, which examines the impact of what we eat on how we feel.

As a dietitian and nutritionist who has studied and experienced this connection firsthand, I find it endlessly fascinating that we can empower ourselves to feel partially – or sometimes entirely – better based on our eating habits.

The foods you eat can make or break everything, from your work and productivity to your mental state and physical health. To boost your mood and brain energy levels, put these 35 foods on your grocery list:

Complex carbohydrates

1. Pumpkin seeds
2. Apples
3. Chickpeas
4. Strawberries
5. Rolled oats

Complex carbs contain more nutrients than simple carbs and, due to their higher fiber content, take longer to break down.

They also help stabilize blood sugar, which can stabilize your mood. Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause a rapid change in your mood, leaving you irritable, low on energy and feeling downright dreadful.

lean protein

healthy fats

folate

Iron

Vitamin C

Melatonin

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